Robot builder able to construct house in two days

Vania Goncalves 4 Aug 2016 GLOBAL EQUIPMENT & TECHNOLOGY

Australia-based company Fastbrick Robotics has developed a giant truck-mounted robot that can construct an entire house in two days.


Hadrian X can lay up 1,000 bricks an hour using a 28ft arm.

The robot uses 3D scans to work out where to lay down the bricks, which are fed to the machine’s conveyor, then passed along the arm into a laser-guided claw.

The claw grabs and lays them down using construction glue instead of cement.

The smart machine cuts bricks to size and leaves spaces between them for wiring and plumbing.

Fastbrick Robotics’ founder Mark Pivac told Perth Now: "People have been laying bricks for about 6,000 years and ever since the industrial revolution, they have tried to automate the bricklaying process.

"We're at a technological nexus where a few different technologies have got to the level where it's now possible to do it, and that's what we've done."

It is estimated that the robot can build between 100-300 houses a year — without needing tea breaks, holidays or weekends off.

Hadrian X took ten years to be developed and $4.5M in research and development.

According to Fastbrick Robotics, it will take about a year before the machine will be launched onto the market.

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