A company in Australia have manufactured a robot that can build a house in just two days. I t lays the bricks for the foundation using an adhesive rather than regular mortar and still requires humans to feed the bricks onto the conveyor belt and do the inside trim work as well as the plumbing electricity and roofing.
HOW IT WORKS
A robotic ‘hand’ that can grab bricks, pick them up, and place them down in sequence.
The whole process is automated.
Bricks are fed onto a conveyor belt that travels along a long robotic arm, or telescopic boom.
The bricks travel along the boom and are gripped by a clawlike device that lays them out methodically, directed by a laser guiding system.
Until the brick shell is finished and the house’s other elements need to be added, the structure never needs to be touched by human hands.
The robot has a boom 92ft (28 metres) long that is connected to its main body.
At the end is a robotic ‘hand’ that can grab bricks, pick them up, and place them down in sequence.
A 3D computer-aided design (CAD) is used to work out the shape of the house or structure required, and the robot then calculates where each brick should go.
Mortar or adhesive is also deliver under pressure to the hand of the arm and applied to the brick, so no external human element is required.
It can even leave spaces for wiring and plumbing, and scans and cuts the bricks if they need to be re-shaped.
Mounted on the back of a truck, it is simply driven onto a building site.