Australia-based Fastbrick Robotics has engineered a fully-automated machine that will bring end-to-end brick laying (meaning no human hand touches a brick) to the construction market. The Hadrian X is capable of laying 1,000 bricks per hour over a 100-foot arm from a single position on the jobsite. This means the robot can build a standard brick home in just 1-3 days , saving a significant amount of time and money for builders. The Hadrian X has the capability to work 24/7 and could complete anywhere from 100 to 300 homes per year.
Here’s how the technology works. The machine is driven by a SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software designed by the company called The Architectural Designer , or TAD. The software generates a 3D model of the home or structure , and then sends the data to the Hadrian X. The machine then prints the bricks for the structure , and will preform all cutting , grinding , milling , and routing of the bricks prior to moving to the build site. It even takes electrical and plumbing routes into consideration.
The system uses a construction adhesives and/or thin bed mortar instead of a traditional mortar to increase speed while building , and enhance the strength and thermal efficiency of the finished home.