SYDNEY – An Australian inventor has built a robot named “Hadrian” that can build houses in two days, and could work 24 hours a day to build houses for people.
A west Australian company has a robot they say can lay 1000 bricks per hour and builds the frame of an average house in less than two days and could apparently build 150 homes a year. A robotic hand lays the brick and it can also apply mortar.
The robot, Hadrian, was named after the ancient Roman emperor Hadrian who had a craze for construction.
Human house builders have to work for 4 to 6 weeks to put a house together, and have to take weekends and holidays. The robot can work much more quickly and doesn’t need to take breaks.
The robot is still in prototype stage, but Fast brick Robotics is hoping to bring a commercial machine onto the market within the next couple of years said by Mike Pivac, CEO of Fast brick Robotics.
The robot has a boom 92ft (28 meters) long that is connected to its main body. At the end is a robotic ‘hand’ that can grab bricks, pick them up, and place them down in sequence. A 3D computer aided design (CAD) is used to work out the shape of the house or structure required, and the robot then calculates where each brick should go.
Mortar or adhesive is also deliver under pressure to the hand of the arm and applied to the brick, so no external human element is required.
It can even leave spaces for wiring and plumbing, and scans and cuts the bricks if they need to be re-shaped. The project, ten year in the making and with $7 million (£4.5 million) spent on it so far, would supposedly be able to create a house in just two days.
He says his robot could help attract younger people to the profession.
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