A Perth-based company named Fastbrick Robotics has designed a brick laying robot. Named Hadrian 105 after the Roman emperor who constructed a wall in the ancient Britain, this robot uses sort of 3D printing technique to erect the skeleton or the outer shell of a house, without any human intervention.
The one-armed robot can lay down 255 standard bricks in one hour. Thus, the robot can complete half a day’s work of an active human bricklayer in merely 60 minutes.
The company has shown off the skills of its robot in this time-lapse video featuring the Hadrian 105 at work:
The video reveals that the Hadrian 105 is capable enough to tackle all the intricate design details of a standard brick house. Fastbrick Robotics wants to come up with a system that could complete the brickwork on a home in 3 days while ensuring a cost-effective and efficient construction.
The company is already working on the upgrade of the robot; the new edition will be named Hadrian X. Hadrian X will have 30-meter long boom and will top at a bricklaying speed of 1000 bricks per hour.
If the company is successful in meeting its target, Hadrian X will be able to meet the daily work output of two skilled human bricklayers in one hour. The CEO of Fastbrick, Mike Pivac said about the vision of the company:
“We are a frontier technology company, and we’re one step closer to bringing fully automated, end-to-end 3D printing brick construction into the mainstream. We’re very excited to be taking the world-first technology we proved with the Hadrian 105 demonstrator and manufacturing a state-of-the-art machine.”
Fastbrick Robotics believes its system is not only cost-effective but can also reduce the construction time significantly without compromising the quality.