Hadrian Bricklaying Robot Can Erect An Entire House’s Walls In Two Days

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Robots… they’re taking our jobs. And there’s really nothing anyone can do to stop it. While masons have been spared from the robot takeover so far, that could change soon with Hadrian, a fully-automated brick-laying robot that can raise the walls of an entire house in as little as two days.

Made by Fastbrick Robotics, the construction robot can lay a whopping 1,000 bricks an hour, both setting the bricks and slathering the mortar all on its own. Since it’s an automaton, it can do all that while working non-stop, allowing it to keep running all-day for 365 days a year, giving it the potential ability to erect 150 homes in the span of 12 months, provided it can run without hardware or mechanical failure.

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Hadrian is set up like a regular construction vehicle, complete with a cabin for a driver who can take it around a location. Except, driving is all it needs an operator for, as the robot can take over the actual brick-laying duties, using its 92-foot long articulated, telescopic boom to reach and set all the bricks in place. Like all robots, Hadrian needs instructions about where and how to lay the bricks, which is accomplished by feeding it a 3D CAD model of the desired structure, from which it calculates details like the amount of bricks, their individual locations, and more. From there, it can individually measure, cut, and lay the bricks in sequence unattended, even going so far as to leave routes for pipes and wiring.

Fastbrick Robotics is looking to market Hadrian in Western Australia first, before expanding to the rest of the country, as well as offshore.

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  1. Factual Franny

    This is super neat. How much would one of these babies cost? I can’t decide between considering this type of technology, versus just building a house entirely out of gigantic legos and safety clips, versus purchasing and traveling with my own little mobile, strictly solar-powered home. It’s incredible how much society and technology continue to evolve. It makes you really wonder, though, what the next steps will be for possibly replacing human-beings with robotic technology such as this, how much more affordable it will be, and when said changes are most likely to take place. While there will always be someone required to monitor the performance of said robotics, they don’t after all take ‘lunch breaks’, bathroom breaks, or have to be double-checked to ensure they aren’t playing on their phones when they are supposed to be working. The 3D CAD model reliability and efficiency based around technological geo-schematics is very advanced.

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    • Dave

      A lot of people feel like these types of advancements take away everyone’s jobs, but when you think about it this thing still has to be manufactured, repaired, engineered, programmed, and operated. Each of those jobs almost certainly is a higher quality job than that of a brick layer.

      Those who are completely against robotic technologies I’d like to remind that they most likely have their own robots already – how many people use a dish-washing machine and clothes-washing machines? These are robots that replaced some pretty crummy jobs that nobody wants to do anyway, and leaves time to do better more productive things than washing our own clothes all day. (Trust me, I’ve lived in Guatemala and washed my own clothes, that is not a fun job.)

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