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.
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