An Australian firm has unveiled the Hadrian X, a huge truck-mounted construction robot that can lay 1,000 bricks per hour, 24 hours a day, and complete an entire home in only two days.
It uses a 30m boom to accomplish the bricklaying, enabling it to remain in a single position while it constructs a house.
According to Fastbrick Robotics, the firm behind the digital construction system, the entire process is automated. Bricks are laid on a conveyor belt that moves along a large robotic arm. A clawlike device picks them up and uses a laser guiding system to methodically lay them out. The structure does not need to be touched by human hands until the brick exterior is finished.
A digital construction system
After a 3D computer-aided design establishes the shape of the the building, the robot calculates the position of each brick. Adhesive or mortar is delivered under pressure to the arm hand and applied to the brick, with no human input needed. The digital construction system can even leave room for plumbing and wiring and will cut the bricks if re-shaping them is necessary.
Mark Pivac, the Australian inventor who created Fastbrick Robotics, said that people have been laying bricks for thousands of years and there have been efforts to automate the bricklaying process since the industrial revolution.