It manages to do this thanks to it having a building plan programmed into it that calculates where each of the bricks should go and uses it arm of 28 feet to put the bricks into place before then securing them with mortar. Along with its robotic hand to place the bricks and apply the mortar, the robot relies on a 3D scanning CAS program to determine the exact shape of the house or the structure it is working on and then knows just where to place the bricks. The robot is so clever that it can even leave room for the plumbing and wiring and if bricks need cutting, as they regularly do, the robot is able to re-shape them. [Image Courtesy of FastbrickRobots] Unlike traditional bricklayers, when Hadrian is put to work he can continue for 24 hours and this means that essentially it could build a house in just two days. The robot is able to be accurate to within a hundredth of an inch and is taken to the site on a truck and powered by local power sources or a generator. Hadrian was designed by Mark Pivac, from Australia, the founder of Fastbrick Robotics, who designed the robot to help cut down on the tens of billions of dollars it costs from human bricklayers to make homes. Of course this means that many skilled bricklayers would lose their jobs to a robot as this is a robot that can replace human workers. Human bricklayers cannot compete with Hadrian, who was named after a Roman Emperor who had constructed what is known as Hadrian’s Wall in the north of Britain. The designers of the bricklaying robot claim that it could build more than 150 homes each year. The designers have been working on Hadrian for over ten years at a cost of $7 million and the robot will be marketed in Western Australia first and then spread out over the rest of the country and perhaps take over the whole world.
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