Need more proof that robots are taking over the construction industry? Australian engineer Marc Pivac has developed a fully automated bricklayer robot that can build a home in just two days! The robot, named Hadrian after the Roman emperor who built defense walls in England, can work day and night, lay 1,000 bricks per hour, and it can build 150 homes in a single year. The Perth-based inventor built the machine, which he claims is the world’s first fully automated bricklaying robot, after ten years of research and development.
Bricklaying is one of humanity’s most ancient trades; however, the backbreaking work is extremely time intensive and can result in worker injuries. In contrast, the Hadrian robot works nonstop and uses 3D computer-aided design (CAD) to minimize waste and guarantee accuracy to within one hundredth of an inch. The machine creates a CAD drawing to determine the location and size of every brick before it cuts the brick, puts it in place with a 28-meter-long telescopic boom, and seals the placement with mortar.
While Hadrian’s technology may mean more affordable housing in the future, history has shown that automation often leads to job loss. Pivac, however, says that there aren’t available bricklayers in Perth, an issue that inspired his invention. “We have absolutely nothing against bricklayers,” Pivac told PerthNow. “The problem is the average age of bricklayers is going up and it’s difficult to attract new young people to the trade.”
Pivac’s company, Fastbrick Robotics, is now looking to commercialize their product. No video has been made available of Hadrian in action.
Images via Fastbrick Robotics