Austrialian robotics company Fastbrick Robotics developed the world’s first autonomous bricklaying robot that can lay brick ten times faster than the usual pace of a bricklayer. The Hadrian X robot cuts the usual time to lay a house of three to four weeks, down to two to three days. The robot is mounted on top of a construction truck for easy movability.
The system can start construction form a 3D CAD model and calculates the exact materials needed. Bricks twelve times larger than usual are loaded into the back of the truck and automatically unpacked from the pallets. It has an internal saw to cut the bricks to size. The bricks are then transported through a telescopic boom for accuracy and applied with a special, 45 minutes dry-time, adhesive. The adhesive dries much quicker than traditional mortar.
Another big advantage of a brick laying robot is that Hadrian X can construct day and night. The next construction step could start in the morning, after the robot finished work during the night. Fastbricks Robotics partnered with Wienerberger for the European market and will soon start shipping their robot to construction sites.
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Humans have been laying bricks in the same way for the past 6,000 years. Until now.
A new future for the construction industry
Growing global population and technological advancement amid a shortage of bricklayers led to the development of FBR's revolutionary bricklaying robot, Hadrian X. Like it's namesake, Hadrian X represents an astounding feat of engineering and a turning point in global construction capabilities and practices.
Hadrian X is a unique construction robot mounted into a classic cab over engine truck to easily transport it to and from a location for on-site building. The robot component could also be mounted onto other bases such as tracks, barges, boats and cranes to bring this unique capability to a range of environments.
The core technology - Dynamic Stabilisation Technology
Using FBR's Dynamic Stabilisation Technology (DST™), Hadrian X measures movement caused by wind, vibration and inertia and counteracts it in real-time using advanced algorithms to provide unprecedented precision.
The brains behind the robot
The unique control system uses CAD (computer-aided design) to create a 3D model of the building design, which is then used to calculate the materials list and tell Hadrian X what to build — all with precision.
Uniquely designed blocks and adhesive for continuous construction
The Fastbrick Wall System uses optimised blocks specifically designed for Hadrian X. They are approximately 12 times bigger than standard house bricks and are lighter, stronger and designed to minimise waste. The blocks are fused together using a special adhesive, which bonds in just 45 minutes, holds stronger and results in greater thermal and acoustic properties than traditional mortar. No more lost days waiting for mortar to dry.