His name is Hadrian. He’s a robot, and he can lay a home’s exterior frame in nearly 2 days.
But, if you want a house built in a hurry, you’re going to have to wait a while. Or move to Australia.
Aussie engineer Mark Pivac has made what he’s calling the first fully automated bricklaying robot, which is a major leap forward considering most all bricklaying is done today the same way it’s been done since ancient Egypt: by hand, with a ton of manpower.
But, on the subject of automating the age-old process, Pivac tells PerthNow “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 he hopes to be at the cutting edge.
Hadrian has a system that will determine the location of every brick using a 3D CAD system. Then, it will cut each brick individually and lay them in sequence. It doesn’t need to move much, as its 28-foot arm is adroit enough to move, lay bricks, spread mortar, and leave space for wiring and piping.
No word on how it looks in a neon green vest, but Pivac does hope to develop and sell it in Australia before taking it worldwide.
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