A robot that builds the walls of a house in one day

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on May 6, 2021

A robot that builds the walls of a house in one day

This robot, called Hadrian X, is an invention of the Australian company Fast Brick Robotics (FBR)

They created the first prototype in 2005. After a time of doubts and issues, Hadrian X's precursor arrived. Its name was Hadrian 105 and, in 2016, it built the first block structure from a 3D CAD model.

In 2017, a contract with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to build 50,000 houses was the definitive push for this project. And in 2018, this robot was already a reality. It completed the construction of its first open-air house in 2019.

 

How does Hadrian X build houses in a day?

Its control system, which uses CAD (computer-aided design), creates a 3D model of the building and, with that, it calculates the list of materials that will be needed.

These materials are concrete blocks designed specifically for Hadrian X. Such blocks are 12 times larger than conventional bricks, lighter and stronger. The blocks are fused with a special adhesive, which sticks in just 45 minutes.


Benefits of building houses with Hadrian X

  • 15 times faster than normal
  • 70% more efficient
  • Safer jobs for people
  • Safer work environments
  • Only 10 m3 of waste
  • Significant savings in construction costs


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