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Hadrian X: a Robot That Can Build a House in Two Days

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.

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Mr. Pivac said that society was currently at a point where a few certain technologies have evolved to the point that it is now possible to automate bricklaying, and his digital construction system has accomplished this goal.

Hadrian X

The project, dubbed Hadrian X, was 10 years in the development, and with £4.5 million invested in it so far, and is expected to be able to create a home in only two days.

Although certain aspects of the homebuilding process still require human intervention, Hadrian X could work nonstop all year around. It is being regarded as a sign of things to come in the construction sector.

The digital construction system will be marketed in Western Australia first, before expanding to other parts of the country and finally being presented across the globe.

Mr. Pivac explained that he had nothing against bricklayers and their ability to work efficiently, but he simply wanted to simplify and improve the housebuilding process. He added that his new robotic creation could also help attract younger people to the construction profession.

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