Brick by Brick, This One-Armed Robot Is Revolutionizing Housing

It can do in an hour what would take two human bricklayers almost a day to complete.

9. 26. 16 by Jelor Gallego
Fastbrick Robotics
Image by Fastbrick Robotics

While it has long been expected that 3D printing will revolutionize the construction industry, companies are looking at a host of other technologies that will allow us to build the homes of the future…technologies that could help us build houses at next to no cost and in record time.

One of those technologies is robots, and one of the most promising robots is the Hadrian X, an Australian robotic bricklayer.

Unlike other construction types, brick structures still mostly rely on people laying bricks one-by-one. Obviously, that is a laborious process, and it generally takes days to complete. But the Hadrian X can lay 1,000 standard bricks in just one hour from a 30 meter boom.

It works just like a 3D printer, using robot arms to take and place bricks precisely where they’re needed. That actually means you don’t have to use as much mortar material, since the bricks are layered to a snug fit.


The company that built the robot, Australia-based Fastbrick Robotics, has already landed a deal to demonstrate their technology.

They partnered with Archistruct Builders and Designers in the construction of 11 homes, each with an area of at least 180 square meters, and have at least three bedrooms and two bathrooms. That may be rather small in size, but it could mean safe housing for the estimated 100 million people worldwide who are homeless.

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