A robotic, fully-automated machine is being developed in Perth, Australia, a world-first that could raise the brick shell of a new home within two days. It can work 24 hours, 365 days — compared to the human variety who can put in anywhere from four to six weeks of backbreaking work for a typical home.
Local inventor Mark Pivac, an aeronautic and mechanical engineer, said his interest in the idea of developing the robot was sparked during Perth’s bricklaying crisis of 2005. “People have been laying bricks for about 6000 years and ever since the industrial revolution, they have tried to automate the bricklaying process,” Mr Pivac told PerthNow.
“Hadrian” the robot — named after the famous Roman defensive wall of antiquity — will be commercialised first in WA (Western Australia), then nationally and then globally. Laying 1000 bricks per hour, it can work day and night, with the potential to erect 150 homes a year.