ro­botic cats

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Cater­pil­lar has en­tered into a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with Aussie ro­botic tech firm Fast­brick Ro­bot­ics for a po­ten­tial col­lab­o­ra­tion us­ing Fast­brick’s in­no­va­tive brick­lay­ing tech.

Fast­brick Ro­bot­ics’ Hadrian X ma­chine uses a process sim­i­lar to that of 3D print­ing to build a stan­dard-sized home every two days, lay­ing one 15 SBE block every 20-30 sec­onds.

“This marks the tran­si­tion from ro­bots work­ing in­doors to work­ing out­doors in un­con­trolled en­vi­ron­ments,” the com­pany says.

“We gen­er­ate a 3D model of the home, feed the data into Hadrian X and the ma­chine prints the struc­ture course by course just like a 3D printer, in­clud­ing all cut­ting and rout­ing of the bricks for elec­tri­cal and plumb­ing ser­vices. No hu­man hands need to touch a brick dur­ing the load­ing, cut­ting and lay­ing process.”

The MOU with Cater­pil­lar is to dis­cuss a po­ten­tial frame­work for col­lab­o­ra­tion on the de­vel­op­ment, man­u­fac­tur­ing, sales and ser­vice of WA-based Fast­brick’s prod­ucts and how they can be ap­plied to Cater­pil­lar prod­ucts.

The MOU also es­tab­lishes a strate­gic al­liance board con­tain­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives from both com­pa­nies to con­sider the most ap­pro­pri­ate and prof­itable busi­ness mod­els to ap­ply in each coun­try, state or re­gion.

The 12-month agree­ment can be ex­tended by mu­tual agree­ment or ter­mi­nated by either party. Fast­brick has also agreed to deal ex­clu­sively with Cat for the de­vel­op­ment and po­ten­tial com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion of the techn in the MOU pe­riod.

Sep­a­rate to the agree­ment, Cater­pil­lar will also be in­vest­ing US$2 mil­lion into Fast­brick Ro­bot­ics through a wholly owned sub­sidiary. Sub­ject to ap­proval by Fast­brick Ro­bot­ics share­hold­ers, Cater­pil­lar also has an op­tion to in­vest a fur­ther US$8 mil­lion in Fast­brick.

Aussie brick­lay­ing ro­bot firm teams up with Cat

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