It’s been a couple of years since we’ve last checked in on the Hadrian X, a masonry block laying robot made by Fastbrick Robotics (FBR) and the company has just announced that their machine has reached a new major milestone: 200 blocks placed in an hour, a feat that the company is calling a “new lay speed record.”
The Hadrian X robot doesn’t use a traditional brick or block system that you may be used to, nor does it use a standard mortar to set the blocks. The materials were specifically designed for their robots, which the company says are “lighter, stronger, and designed to minimize waste” as compared to traditional materials.
The blocks themselves are 12 times larger than a standard brick traditionally used on a house. The blocks are adhered using a specialized glue, which bonds blocks together in 45 minutes. FBR claims that the adhesive also “holds stronger and results in greater thermal and acoustic properties than traditional mortar.”
FBR believes that the faster the robot can lay blocks, the more commercially viable it will become in the future. In the video below, which also shows the Hadrian X H02 in action, FBR’s Managing Director and CEO, Mike Pivac, plans to have investors visit their warehouse to check out the robot for use on jobsites throughout the world — once travel restrictions are lifted due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Check out the video below and let me know what you think!