FBR's Hadrian X building a block structure.

Three-day build for FBR robot

Wednesday, 14 November, 2018 - 14:57

FBR has announced its Hadrian X autonomous bricklaying robot built a full home structure in less than three days, a key technical milestone that was set by the company in 2015.

The Hadrian X built a 180 square metre, three-bedroom, two-bathroom home structure in FBR’s Western Australian test facility, and the structure was verified as meeting the relevant building standards by a civil and structural engineering consultancy.

The achievement followed the successful completion of factory acceptance testing for the autonomous construction robot.

FBR chief executive Michael Pivac said the company was proud to have achieved the world-first milestone.

“We now have the world’s only fully automated, end-to-end bricklaying solution, with a massive market waiting for it,” he said.

“We will now take everything we’ve learned to date in the Hadrian X program and make some refinements ahead of bringing both Hadrian X robots back to our High Wycombe facility for demonstration to key commercial stakeholders.”

The announcement comes two months after the High Wycombe-based company signed its third major global partnership deal to commercialise the Hadrian X.

As result of reaching this milestone, FBR issued 6.6 million performance related shares in accordance with a plan approved by shareholders in 2015.

FBR chairman Richard Grellman said the board was satisfied that the company had achieved its target.

“I am pleased to be awarding the performance shares to both staff members and the founders of the company in recognition of all their hard work bringing the Hadrian X to life,” he said.

FBR’s shares were up 27.27 per cent to trade at 21 cents each by the close of trade, its equal highest price for the year.