Hadrian X Construction Robot From Fastbrick Robotics
Hadrian X is a construction robot created by Fastbrick Robotics. Unlike the Contour Crafting: 3D House Printer, Hadrian X is a laser-guided, fully-automated bricklaying system that builds brick houses in days instead of weeks.
(Fastbrick Robotics Time lapse video)
Fastbrick Robotics spent a decade and millions of dollars developing Hadrian X. Now, it’s almost ready for commercial deployment. Recently, the company announced an agreement with Archistruct Builders and Designers to use the robot to build 11 homes in Perth, Australia.
“The framework agreement also presents a fantastic opportunity for our commercial pilot, where we will demonstrate to the world the capabilities of the Hadrian X,” Fastbrick Robotics CEO Mark Pivack told The West Australian.
How does Hadrian X work? Workers load the machine with bricks. It cuts them to size and feeds them up a conveyor belt inside a long, crane-like arm. Guided by a computer design and lasers, the arm swings into place and a robotic gripper at the arm’s end precisely places each brick. The system coats the bricks in a glue-like adhesive in place of traditional mortar.
The whole system is built into a truck which can be driven up to the construction site.
I'm pretty sure that the first time I thought about the idea of a construction robot is in the 1985 movie Runaway.