Meet Hadrian, The Bricklaying Robot That Can Build a House in 2 Days

Friday, 26 June 2015 - 12:55PM
Robotics
Friday, 26 June 2015 - 12:55PM
Meet Hadrian, The Bricklaying Robot That Can Build a House in 2 Days
Australia's newest employee is a bricklayer- a robot bricklayer, that is.

Mark Pivac, an Australian Engineer, has built the world's first fully automated bricklaying robot. Named Hadrian, after the wall (ha ha), he can build houses in two hours, and, what's more, is capable of working tirelessly 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In an interview with PerthNow, Pivac explained that this invention was a response to the lack of available workers, and that he believes the robot might be able to fill the current gap for skilled bricklayers.

Opening quote
"People have been laying bricks for about 6,000 years and ever since the industrial revolution, they have tried to automate the bricklaying We're at a technological nexus where a few different technologies have got to the level where it's now possible to do it. And that's what we've done,"
Closing quote


Hadrian's computing system will first determine the location of every brick to be laid, based on a 3D design of the building in question. It's motors then individually cut and lay the brick in sequence, all at an astounding rate of up to 1000 bricks per hour. Better still, Hadrian doesn't even need to move or readjust during the laying process, since it is equipped with 28 foot long boom manipulator which can set brick, and slather mortar. 

As well as its rapid laying rate, Pivac's creation is also able to lay brick with such accuracy that it can factor in space for pipes and wiring into its work. With the potential for Hadrian to create up to 150 homes per year, Pivac's creation is controversial, with many suggesting it's an attack on skilled labor. But Pivac insists he is not out to steal jobs, arguing that his creation is a response to a drop off in interest in the field.

Opening quote
"We have absolutely nothing against bricklayers. The problem is the average age of bricklayers is going up and it's difficult to attract new young people to the trade."
Closing quote


Having gained significant backing from both the public and private sectors, Pivac hopes to further develop and market Hadrian in Australia, and someday, even expand to the rest of the world. 



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