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This robot can lay 1,000 bricks in an hour

Australian company wants to disrupt global construction industry
May 12, 2018 02:00PM

Fastbrick Robotics’ Hadrian X (credit: YouTube)

An Australian company built a brick-laying robot it says can build a home in a fraction of the time it takes a normal construction crew.

Fastbrick Robotics’ Hadrian X, which works off of a 3D model, can lay more than 1,000 bricks per hour, Business Insider reported.

The machine cuts its own bricks and applies adhesive to them, feeding the pieces along a conveyer belt to a robotic arm that lays them in place.

A normal construction crew can build a home in four to six weeks, but Fastrbick Robotics claims its Hadrian X can complete the shell of a home in just two days.

The company plans to build its first house – a three-bedroom, two-bath where the interiors will be finished by humans – later this year. But it’s not sure when the Hadrian X will be commercially available.

When it does hit the market, though, Fastbrick thinks it can disrupt the multi-trillion dollar global construction industry.

In the United States, there’s already a shortage of bricklayers.

“Young people no longer see brick-laying as an attractive career due to the dull, dirty, and dangerous nature of the work,” said Keil Chivers, Fastbrick’s director of corporate affairs. [Business Insider] — Rich Bockmann