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Hadrian the robot can build a house in just 2 days


“Here’s one we prepared earlier”

The Roman Emperor Hadrian was known for ambitious constructions, famed for rebuilding the Pantheon in Rome, the Temple of Venus and Roma, and an 80 mile defensive wall across the North of England. The wall took six years to build in AD 122, and was named after Hadrian himself – naturally.

Nearly 1,900 years later, another Hadrian has continued in this grand building tradition – only this Hadrian is neither roman nor human, but a robot. Not only that, but it works so fast it will make its ancestor’s efforts seem cute by comparison.

Hadrian is the creation of Australian company Fastbrick Robotics, which – living up to its name – promises its robot is capable of building a house in just two days. The same-sized house built by humans would take around six weeks on average, but the company says its bot can up to 1,000 bricks an hour. That’s an impressive shift.

Without any help from humans, Hadrian is able to handle a pack of bricks of almost any available size, process and lay them perfectly, while leaving appropriate room for windows, doors, electrics and plumbing structures. The robot uses a 3D computer aided design file and a 28 meter telescopic boom to ensure the work is completed with the highest level of accuracy.


Hadrian at work. We better leave it to get on with it.

Around $7 million AUS has been spent on developing the robot so far, which, as well as saving time, the company hopes can dramatically cut construction costs. Fastbrick Robotics inventor Mark Pivac told AU News it would still need human builders on-site for machine operation and quality assurance, but argues that the industry has been looking for a solution to manual brickwork since the industrial revolution.

“We have absolutely nothing against bricklayers,” explains Pivac. “The problem is the average age of bricklayers is going up and it’s difficult to attract new young people to the trade.”

And if we can’t make robots lay bricks for us, then we can always print them. Last year we featured WinSun, a private chinese company which employed four industrial-sized 3D printers to build four full-size houses in just 24 hours. Between Hadrian and the printers, affordable housing could be that little bit closer.

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