Robotics make the jump to the construction world. After years of testing, the Australian firm Fastbrick Robotics is now close to the launch of the first mason robot. It is Hadrian, able to place 1000 bricks per hour and will have an approximate cost of 2 million dollars, about 1.6 million euros at the current exchange rate.
For the moment, he has earned a partner, the giant Caterpillar, and has already signed an agreement with Saudi Arabia to build 50 thousand homes between now and 2022. The American company has already invested 2 million dollars and it is hoped that soon arrive at 8 million. Furthermore, it has just raised 35 million in a capital increase.
This new builder needs minimal human contact and works 24 hours a day. He is able to place 1000 bricks per hour with total precision thanks to the 3D map that must be placed in his internal computer. He is capable of doing the work of two people, a fact that has opened the debate on the possibility that the automation of work can lead to the dismissal of thousands of people.
The machine works day and night. Thanks to a long robot arm, the bricks are transported from the warehouse and placed with absolute precision. The company Fastbrick Robotics , guidada by Australian Mark Pivac, began to work on this new robot over ten years ago, investing more than 7 million, about 6 million euro.