Hadrian X is a giant truck-mounted robot that can lay up to 1,000 bricks an hour using a 30-metre arm, meaning it can stay in a single position throughout.
Bricks are fed on to a conveyor belt that sends them along the robot’s long telescopic boom. At the end of the boom is a “hand” which grabs and arranges the bricks, securing them with construction glue instead of cement.
It is smart enough to leave spaces in the brickwork for wiring and plumbing, and can even cut and shape bricks to size.
The robot was created by Australian firm Fastbrick Robotics, “People have been laying bricks for about 6,000 years and ever since the industrial revolution, they have tried to automate the bricklaying process” said Mark Pivac – Fastbrick Robotics founder. Mr Pivac insists he has “nothing against bricklayers”, but says he just wants to streamline the construction process.
The robot took 10 years to create, and has cost about £4.5m in research and development so far. The prototype needs no human intervention once the process begins.
Fastbrick Robotics says it will take about a year before the robot is ready to hit the market.