The brickie that never goes smoko: World first as Australian robot builds a house under development hailed as a ‘turning point’ for the construction industry
- The Western Australian construction start-up FBR created the Hadrian X robot
- The robot uses a mechanical long arm of 30 meters up to 1,000 stones per hour
- Earlier this month, Hadrian X managed to build a showcase house in three shifts
- The robot aims to relieve the workers of the annoying bricklaying and to accelerate it
A Western Australian construction company has created the first robot in the world that can lay more stones in an hour than two people a day.
FBR started building the Hadrian X robot five years ago and finally put it to work earlier this month to build the walls of a display house in Perth.
Hadrian X is a 30-meter robotic arm that can be mounted on a truck or car to lay bricks in a precise and much faster way than human masons.
After completing the exhibition house two weeks ago, Hadrian X completed the project in just three shifts, laying up to 200 bricks per hour.
The robot uses Dynamic Stabilization Technology, which means that it can react in real time to wind, vibrations and other environmental factors, so that it can lay every stone accurately.
The device uses specially made blocks that are approximately 12 times larger than standard bricks.
These blocks are also lighter and designed to minimize waste.
Building and Product Development Manager, Dan Mckrill, said the display house was a game changer for the construction industry last month.
“We’ve all worked so long and hard on this project, now this is the first real chance to prove what we’re doing,” he said.
“We’ve been locked up in the shed for so long and now we can finally come out and show the world what we’re doing.”
Hadrian X is a 30m robotic arm that can be mounted on a truck or car to lay bricks in a precise and much faster way than human masons
Earlier this month, the robot managed to build the walls of a display house in Perth in just three shifts
Mr Mckrill said Hadrian X can be used in any country and even detect when there is a misalignment in the stones.
“It’s been going on for so long and this is proof we’ve all worked for it, so I think there will be different emotions for myself,” he said.
“I’ve known the boys for a long time, we’ve all worked hard and we’re looking forward to the finished product.”
Hadrian X is controlled by a computer-aided design system that creates a 3D model of the house.
The required materials are then calculated and the robot is told what to do.
Building and Product Development Manager, Dan Mckrill, said last month’s display house was a ‘game changer’ for the construction industry
Early last year, Hadrian X built a 180-square-foot three-bedroom, two-bathroom home in just three days.
If the same task is performed by humans, it will take several weeks.
Hadrian X is currently laying up to 200 bricks per hour, but wants to increase this to 1,000.
Bricklayers can lay around 500 a day.
FBR estimated in 2017 that the cost of making the robot for other companies would be about $ 2 million.
The developers of the world’s first robot hope it can free up workers for other tasks and turn the tedious masonry into a much faster job.
Hadrian X is currently laying up to 200 bricks per hour, but wants to increase this to 1,000