Human Vs. Robot:
Bricklaying Robot Can Place 1,000 Bricks an Hour
Building houses of brick is almost as old as human civilization itself, and over the millennia, we’ve perfected the art. The fastest bricklayers can mortar and place over 700 bricks an hour. Pretty fast.
But a new robot can lay bricks even faster.
Mark Pivac, inventor of the bricklaying robot, Hadrian, told PerthNow that his bot can place 1,000 bricks an hour, enough to erect the walls of a house in two days of round-the-clock work—a task that, on average, takes a human crew four to six weeks of hard labor.
The robot works a little like a 3D printer, similarly taking its cues from a digital 3D model of the structure it’s building.
Instead of extruding plastic or sintering metal, it cuts bricks to size, mortars them, and precisely lays each in place using a grasper at the end of a 28 meter telescopic boom.
Hadrian took 10 years and A$7 million to develop.