Robotic Construction is Here

And it looks like this

Introducing the world's first Digital Construction System Featuring the Hadrian X

Leading an Industry Revolution

The Hadrian X is almost here. It's the first part of a digital construction system which we believe will change the world, making housing affordable for everyone.

Imagine printing the walls of the house with a machine that you drive up to the site and set up by unfolding a boom. Fastbrick Robotics is set to transform the construction industry with technology that does just this.

Our first construction robot, the technology demonstrating Hadrian 105, successfully completed the first block printed structure from a mobile base 20 meters (65 feet) away in 2015.

That technology demonstrator paved the way for the construction of the first commercial prototype block laying robot, the Hadrian X, that can construct the walls of an average sized dwelling in just two days.

It's the first stage of a revolution in human/machine collaborative digital construction, taking the benefits of fully automated machines onto the construction site.

VIDEO - HADRIAN X VIDEO - TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATOR

This system will create a new future for the construction industry. A future where a collaboration between machines and humans, increases the safety, efficiency, speed and accuracy of construction for everybody.

Hadrian X

  • Stabilisation
    Patented stabilisation technology

  • Positioning
    Rock solid positioning

Pinpoint Accuracy in all Conditions

The Hadrian X positioning system allows for a wide range of ambient environmental conditions. Boom motion is compensated by FBR's patented, multi-axis stabilisation system. This allows the blocks used in the construction system to be placed with unprecedented accuracy.

As the robot is working from the original CAD files of the structure, what the architect has designed and engineers have checked is EXACTLY what is built, down to the millimetre.

Building with Robots Outside

The biggest challenge robots face is dealing with conditions in the real world. They're very good when the environment is stable, but not so good when things starts to change.

Up till now robotic systems have found it difficult to deal with the changing environmental conditions outside of the controlled environment of a factory floor. The Hadrian X seeks to challenge that idea.

The unique patented stabilisation technology of the Hadrian X robotic system enables this robot to excel in changing external environments. Hadrian X is the only totally mobile construction solution capable of overcoming all the site related issues associated with real-world building.

Hadrian X is the only complete end to end construction robot capable of building in real-world conditions in development on planet Earth.

Printing a House Using Adhesive

It seems strange to use adhesive to hold the walls of a house together. Turns out this is one of the most effective and strongest methods available for construction today.

If you imagine the Hadrian X is a giant 3D block printer, the obvious choice to hold the blocks together is adhesive. Fortunately, this method of holding block structures together is a commonly used and approved method.

The FBR team in partnership with Archistruct Builders and Designers, have already built a trial home using the construction adhesive as a test case for engineering and local government approvals.

Construction adhesives are much stronger than render, have greatly improved thermal properties, and are much cleaner to use than cement in building construction.

  • Glue
    Internationally approved as a block construction adhesive.

  • Strength
    Vastly superior strength to render.

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    Greatly improved thermal properties.

Automation is the Key

Constructing structures using robots has the obvious advantage of being far faster and safer than doing it manually. But there are other benefits that are not as obvious at first glance.

Accuracy and Automation

Follow-on trades, can be assured that anything that has been designed to fit into a space will fit into that space – exactly. This also leads to the possibility of automating other tasks in the construction envelope.

Prefabrication

Built-in furniture, roofing structures, windows, kitchens and many other components can be prefabricated off-site and installed without modification because the basic structure is millimetre perfect when completed.

Environmental Outcomes

Automating construction processes also leads to better environmental outcomes as the amount of waste coming out of the process is reduced.

  • Fast
    Extremely high rate of production.

  • No Manual Handling
    No manual handling.

  • Accuracy
    Incredible positioning accuracy.

Robotic Brick Laying

Hadrian X will be capable of laying upwards of 1000 bricks per hour. To put this into perspective, a "normal" laying rate is around 300-400 bricks per day. Additionally, the blocks that the system uses are 15 times the size of a standard brick equivalent (SBE)..

Alongside this projected rate of production is a placement tolerance of only 1 mm. Making any structure built by the Hadrian X very accurate indeed.

Manual handling will be a thing of the past. The Hadrian X block printing process is completely automated. Block pallets are loaded into the back of the machine and everything from this point on occurs automatically.

Robotic CAD-CAM

Hadrian X uses a proprietary software plug-in that works with popular engineering design software.

This CAD-CAM module leverages the power of 3D Computer Aided Design, creating a structure with all the right bricks in the right place.

Architectural design possibilities are almost limitless. Many structures that are simply too complicated to build today may be possible using the power of CAD-CAM and the Hadrian X robot.

Robotic CAD-CAM

Printing Walls with the Hadrian X

The Hadrian X will "print" structures layer by layer. The building seemingly grows out of the foundation to reach its capping height.

Using a construction glue and engineered blocks means that the structure does not require any steel tie-ins as would be required in a normal brick structure.

Door frames, window frames, stair structures, built-in robes and kitchen islands can all be constructed as the house walls are being printed. These components can be delivered to site prefabricated and installed without having to worry about whether they will fit.

When the walls are completed in a house built with the Hadrian X, all the service channels are already routed into the structure. This will greatly speed up the first fixing of services in buildings, as none of the channels or holes need to be manually put in.