Hadrian The Robot Bricklayer Can Build A Whole House In Two Days
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Hadrian The Robot Bricklayer Can Build A Whole House In Two Days

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An inventive Australian engineer has designed and built a robot which can construct an entire house in just two days. Named Hadrian, the machine is able to work non-stop, potentially revolutionising the way building are made in the future.

Human house builders currently work between 4 and 6 weeks to build an average sized house, and have to take off evenings and weekends. Hadrian on the other hand is able to work much more quickly and never needs any time off.

The robot has the ability to replace the jobs of human bricklayers, although its creator, Mark Pivac, told PerthNow that he built it as a response to the lack of available workers in his industry, which led him to look for other solutions to his depleted workforce. He says the name comes from the historical Hadrian who “built a lot of walls for the Romans”.

“People have been laying bricks for about 6000 years and ever since the industrial revolution, they have tried to automate the bricklaying process,” Pivac told PerthNow. Despite the amount of products and processes which are used in modern manufacturing, most bricklaying is still done by hand.

Hadrian is built along the line of other, factory-bound robotic arms, and similar bricklaying robots like SAM. These are most notably used on car production lines, helping assemble the heavy parts through a human operator. Hadrian works by laying 1000 bricks an hour, letting it put up an incredible 150 houses a year.

The robot’s arm is 28 metres long, with a ‘hand’ and the end that grabs the bricks, picks them up, and then places them down in sequence. A 3D computer-aided design (CAD) is used to work out the shape of the building, and the robot then calculates where each brick should go. This is a similar process to 3D printing machines which have developed considerably over the last decade.

Mortar or adhesive is also sent to the hand using pressure 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.

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