Bricklayer Hadrian X can lay 1,000 bricks an hour

Hadrian X has one arm yet works day and night. Hadrian X takes the elements into account when working outside. Hadrian X just built a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home in less than three days. Hadrian X isn’t an inspirational yet criminally underpaid construction worker. It’s a robot bricklayer developed by Perth-based Fastbrick Robotics (FBR).

The 180-square-metre house meets building codes and represents the culmination of an idea FBR chief technical officer Mark Pivac had in 1994 for an automatic bricklayer. In 2015, FBR set the goal of having a robot build a complete house in three days. Laying about 1,000 bricks per hour — the equivalent of what two humans can do in a day — Hadrian X just beat that goal.

“What we have achieved here is a quantum leap for the construction industry,” CEO Mike Pivac said in a press release.

Using FBR’s Dynamic Stabilisation Technology (DST), the robotic bricklayer measures movement cause by wind, vibration, and inertia and counteracts them in real time, ensuring precision over large distances.

“We now have the world’s only fully automated, end-to-end bricklaying solution, with a massive market waiting for it,” Pivac said as FBR announced it will issue 6.6 million shares of stock in conjunction with the successful test. Under a memorandum of understanding, construction giant Caterpillar can buy up to almost $14 million in shares through the end of January at 24 cents per share.

One of the first markets Hadrian X will operate in is Mexico, where FBR has a two-year deal with builder GP Vivienda to help take on the country’s affordable housing shortage. FBR estimates that 700-750 Hadrian X units could build as much as the entire bricklayer force Mexico currently has because of a shortage of skilled labour.

Pivac is pleased with the results and ready for Hadrian X to get to work.

“I would like to thank the FBR team for their tireless efforts in delivering this disruptive and game-changing technology,” he said. “This points to the massive potential for the technology and FBR’s ability to shape the way the construction industry operates in the future.”