FBR’s Next-Gen Hadrian X bricklaying robot sets a new speed record in testing

FBR Next-Gen Hadrian X Bricklaying Robot
FBR's Next-Gen Hadrian X bricklaying robot sets a new speed record in its latest round of testing. Images courtesy FBR

In an era where automation and technology reign supreme, the construction industry is not left behind. Making significant strides in revolutionizing bricklaying tasks, the remarkable Hadrian X robot is changing the face of the construction industry, bringing a fusion of speed and precision to the bricklaying process. Manufactured by Fastbrick Robotics, now FBR, this extraordinary robot presents capabilities that are not just meeting but surpassing the conventions of the construction industry.

The Hadrian X robot makes a grand entrance at the construction site, appearing as a customary truck. However, it unfolds a massive 32-meter (105-ft) boom arm and embarks on the meticulous process of laying up to 300 large masonry blocks per hour. This innovation isn’t entirely new, as we have been observing its development since 2015 when it was a prototype mounted on an excavator. Back then, it demonstrated an astonishing ability to lay the brick framework of a full-sized house approximately 20 times faster than a human bricklayer, taking about two days to complete the task.

Flash forward to 2023, the Hadrian X has undergone significant enhancements and is now rolling out commercially. FBR unveiled its first “Next-Gen” Hadrian X system, setting a breathtaking speed record in its inaugural outdoor test build last month. The robot displayed a consistent performance by placing over 300 USA-format masonry blocks per hour during the testing and calibration phase. The projections based on these figures indicate that Hadrian X can construct around 70 square meters (753 sq ft) of vertical wall every hour, equivalent to roughly a quarter of a tennis court.

The operation of Hadrian X is smoothly conducted through a tablet, adhering strictly to a CAD plan, ensuring precision in the bricklaying process. The robot is equipped with “dehacker” robots that manage the masonry blocks, unpacking and sizing them as required before sending them off for placement. The blocks travel down the boom arm, receiving a coating of special construction adhesive, substituting the traditional mortar, and are meticulously laid in place, achieving dryness and security within a mere 45 minutes.

FBR Next-Gen Hadrian X Bricklaying Robot Construction Adhesive
The Hadrian X robot uses a construction adhesive that dries in an impressive 45 minutes, dramatically outperforming the traditional mortar in terms of curing time.

In terms of adaptability, the Hadrian X showcases formidable flexibility. Its telescoping boom arm is adequately lengthy to construct up to three-story buildings straight from the street level, eliminating the necessity for ladders. Moreover, the robot can operate continuously, 24/7, under varying weather conditions, displaying exceptional resilience and reliability.

FBR Next-Gen Hadrian X Bricklaying Robot Telescoping Boom Arm
The telescoping boom arm of the Hadrian X extends up to 32 meters, enabling the precise placement of blocks from the ground level to construct up to three-story buildings effortlessly.

Although there were minor inconsistencies noted in the brick placements during the initial test runs, these are anticipated to be short-lived issues, likely to be refined and corrected in subsequent operations. FBR has plans in place for the construction of additional robots, with the intention of deploying them for demonstration purposes and immediate operational roles in their Florida-based “Wall as a Service” business in the United States.

Have a look at the record-breaking first test of the Next-Gen system below.

Source: FBR