Australian construction robotics company FBR has begun testing the latest iteration of its Hadrian X bricklaying robot.
The machine now takes the form of a three-axle truck with a 32m-long articulated telescopic arm that can lay up to 300 masonry blocks an hour.
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Among the improvements is a block-shuttling system and the use of a “special construction adhesive” to increase the strength of the finished product.
The laying arm follows a CAD plan, and operators add pallets of brick to the truck, where other robots unpack them and, if required, cut them to size with a circular saw.
They are then passed down the boom arm, “buttered” with the glue and laid in place. FBR says the arm is long enough to build a three-storey structure.
The largest blocks the tablet-controlled system can handle are 600mm by 400mm by 300mm. This is a US standard, and reflects FBR’s targeting of the US market.
The company has a “Wall as a Service” company operating in Florida.
According to FSB, a third next-generation Hadrian X has commenced production, and procurement for a fourth, fifth and sixth next-generation Hadrian X is under way.