Innovative use of robots and autonomous systems in construction.

Project Specs

Hephaestus project aims at automating the On-site Execution and installation process for Curtain Wall Façade to empower and strength the Construction Sector in Europe



Hephaestus is mainly based on a cable-driven robot, designed to build, repair and maintain a building façade.

It integrates several functions which are already developed into a multiple job performer. 
The robot system consists of a modular end-effector kit which can hold several different tools for the bracket installation and of a cable-driven robot for the units positioning. 
Hephaestus is a multi-functional system capable to receiving information by BIM and move to the scanning of the building structure to allow a high quality and safe installation of curtain wall façade; additionally, it manages cleaning, maintenance for high-rise buildings. 

Live Project

It aims at positioning the European Robotic Industry as leader and reference in the huge and new growing market for the robotics in the Construction Industry.

The role of Focchi in Hephaestus’s project is to support the robot’s design in order to install the façade by drawing different accessories integrable in the unit system, with the purpose to facilitate the robot’s operations.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 732513. Neither the European Commission nor any person acting on behalf of the Commission is responsible for the use which might be made of the following information. The views expressed in this publication are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Commission.