Thanks to a new robot named Hadrian X, we made soon be able to construct an entire brick house in just 2 days. Developed by the appropriately named Australian firm Fastbrick Robotics, the giant truck-mounted robot has the ability to lay up to 1,000 bricks an hour. Its innovation comes via the machine’s 30-meter telescopic boom, which allows the base to remain in a single position throughout the brick-laying process.
All you need to input is a CAD file of the house structure and Hadrian X does the rest: the system handles automatic loading, cutting, routing and placement of all the bricks, one course at a time. Bricks are fed along a conveyor belt that sends them up the robotic arm, where the sides of the brick are coated with clear construction adhesive. The arm then rotates the bricks and extends to drop them into place. Because they are glued together, no mortar is necessary.
The machine even has the ability to leave spaces in the brickwork to make room for wiring and plumbing, and can be used with a wide range of block sizes. The high level accuracy of the finished product means very little human intervention is necessary – simply design the structure in CAD and hit send.
The robot is the result of 10 years and £4.5 million of research and development, and Fastbrick hopes that it will be able to streamline the construction process, saving clients time and money.
Hadrian X is expected to be available on the market in a year’s time.