Meet Hadrian, The Brick Laying Robot That Will Make Construction Workers Obsolete

Across the US, cities are independently passing measures to implement a $15 minimum wage - or mandating higher wages with an eye toward one day achieving that goal. But low-wage workers who are celebrating their fatter paychecks should enjoy the feeling while it lasts...because the more expensive workers become, the faster employers will work to replace those human workers with robots who can do the same job for a fraction of the cost.

Already, the first burger restaurant run entirely by a robot has opened in San Francisco. But progress in robotics hasn't been confined to the food service industry. Last year, we introduced SAM (Semi-Automated Mason), a bricklaying robot that can do the work of 6 unionized masons every single day, without a break, benefits or a paycheck. And as it turns out, SAM already has some competition. Enter Fastbrick Robotics' Hadrian X, a brick-laying robot that will soon be capable of constructing whole homes by itself. According to the company's website, Hadrian is capable of constructing the walls of a home in a single day.

To be sure, the Hadrian is still being tested. FBR anticipates that the bricklaying robot will have constructed its first home, completely from scratch, by the end of 2018. But Hadrian's home-building prowess is already on display in a video released by the company.

Unlike human workers, Hadrian can be mounted to a truck, crane or boat to make transportation easier. It also relies on stabilization technology that allows it to work through wind and other environmental factors that might stymie human workers. But perhaps most impressively, Hadrian can take a design from an engineer's CAD software and build it - all without the help of human workers. 


Indeed, Hadrian could start building homes quickly and cheaply in the very near future, replacing whole teams of human workers, since it's designed to work alone. And unfortunately for the bricklayers that Hadrian could displace, there are no shoppers looking for assistance on a construction site, or other "customer-facing" construction site roles to which they can seamlessly transition.


zebra77a Arnold Wed, 07/04/2018 - 06:22 Permalink

As of Feb 2014 there are 18.6 MILLION empty houses in the United States.

When the track-hoe first came out it was a wonder of technology against the crews of men with shovels.  Everyone bought one hoping to undercut anyone who didn't.  Back-hoe prices collapsed as the ability to dig a hole far outstripped the demand to have a hole dug. 

Then the fence-pole digging revolution started with every neighborhood Joe running out to buy a bobcat. The supply of machines to dig a fence post hole far outstripped the demand for a fence post hole to be dug.  Now bobcats lie around unused scrapping the odd driveway.  Yes some contractors who were nimble and could structure enough clients held on paying off a corporate truck and trailer.. But on the bell curve the Pareto Principle had held true..

In each cycle a whirlwind of sales would wind up, followed by a decay of demand and equipment loitering all over..

This $100,000 robot will probably follow the same cycle.. the only one making money is the Gold Pan sellers in the next Alaskan Gold Rush..

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beemasters zebra77a Wed, 07/04/2018 - 06:25 Permalink

Let's hope one day the bricks and all construction members will be robotic. They can reshape rooms, build and rebuild themselves, adjust own color, transparencies according to the time, weather and mood of the occupants.
After killing all mundane jobs, perhaps humans can focus on tackling the 0.1% that enslaves the world?

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Utopia Planitia King of Ruperts Land Wed, 07/04/2018 - 13:56 Permalink

You have hit the nail right on the head!  The list of such questions goes quite deep.  And they MUST be answered before we let the first house be built!  Even then we may have to hold massive protests and throw feces all over the place because, well, why not?

I hope the robots can be tweeked to leave construction debris all over and to make suggestive comments to any "attractive human being" who happens to walk by...

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MoreFreedom monoloco Thu, 07/05/2018 - 01:24 Permalink

That was exactly my question.  But it turns out, the machine can apply mortar or glue, per    I believe it would be applied using the nozzle you see about 2:05 into the video. 

Seems the video, was merely to demonstrate its brick placement ability, as who'd build a brick home inside a building?

We now have something closer to a free mason. 

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fleur de lis Dr_Snooz Wed, 07/04/2018 - 10:18 Permalink

They should use Hadrian to rebuild the villages, towns, cities, and infrastructure that NATO and the Pentagram destroyed when they went on a rampage against people they knew could never fight back.

They obviously never considered the possibility of the long streams of angry, illiterate, Islamic migrants through Europe, bringing all kinds of alien problems with them.

Way to go NATO and Pentagram!

Anyway, you break it you pay for it.

Rebuild these places so the migrants can be sent home and there will be no excuses about dust heaps where their towns used to be.

And the money can easily come out of NATO's massive budget, they obviously have far more money than they need.

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el buitre fleur de lis Wed, 07/04/2018 - 13:42 Permalink

"They obviously never considered the possibility of the long streams of angry, illiterate, Islamic migrants through Europe, bringing all kinds of alien problems with them."

Huh, that was #2 on the motivation list for the Agenda.  Why do you think Merkel's Anglo-American Zionist handlers had her send out signed invitations to MENA while they were destroying Libya and Syria.?

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Nobody For President Dr_Snooz Wed, 07/04/2018 - 11:32 Permalink

I got that they glue them together horizontally, but how do they fill the vertical cracks between the bricks which appears to be 1 /4" or so?

Read up a bit more on them, apparently it is with the same adhesive, a bead on each brick. Wonder if it lets light in? Seems you would need good control over the porosity of the bricks so some of the adhesive would soak in a bit to adhere. I know there are adhesives for wood stronger than the wood (I've done break tests), maybe the adhesive they use is stronger than the concrete...

Still wouldn't want to be in a brick structure when a big earthquake hit, but that goes for regular brick and mortar as well, so I guess it is an east coast thing.


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maximin thrax El Vaquero Wed, 07/04/2018 - 10:43 Permalink

This is the "fancy brick stacking" model. It impresses techy people who have no clue how anything physical actually gets built correctly. Scratch that - it panders to those who believe things can ONLY be built correctly if production is automated.

If socialists were more about increasing the common wealth through organizing some of the 100+ million not-in-workforce people into productive entities, rather than endlessly scheming to force the productive people, "privileged" to have a job, to provide ever-more support to the unproductive, we'd not be dreaming up such silly contraptions. Just one more proposed solution for a problem socialism has created, in this case "labor scarcity" to support wages.

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Winston Churchill El Vaquero Wed, 07/04/2018 - 11:36 Permalink

Going to pour the cells solid,with fiber concrete instead of rebar. No proper tie beam.

OK for cheap cookie cutter houses,but why not just pour solid and avoid this step altogether on those type of houses.

Some of the big builders already do,they can wire the rebar,set the pre made forms and pour in a day.Done.

Faster and better,than this piece of junk. Seemed like a good idea at the time but wasn't.

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quesnay El Vaquero Wed, 07/04/2018 - 21:35 Permalink

"Where's the mortar?"

That was my thought to, so I read about it a bit more. Turns out they use an adhesive. There is a stage in the video where it shows it being sprayed. I'm not sure what they do about the gaps between bricks, but I assume there is something to address that also.

The machine also needs specially make 'bricks', presumably of high precision so everything lines up.

I don't know what they do about the vertical gaps between bricks, but I'm sure they have something in mind for that as well, possible as a post laying process.

So a lot of this technology for automation in not just the machine, but in the bricks, the mortar, and more I'm sure.

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Endgame Napoleon CheapBastard Wed, 07/04/2018 - 12:18 Permalink

Just for this one project—building The Wall to stop the unfettered flow of welfare-fueled illegal immigrants—Hardrian might be a less debt-financed staffing choice.

  • Does Hadrian produce tall, structurally sound walls?
  • How many Hadrians would it take to complete The wall on the US / Mexican border?
  • How quickly can the Hadrians get it done?
  • Do congressional Swampers get a volume discount if they buy a lot of Hadrians with taxpayer money to build The Wall
  • What colors do the Hardrians come in for aesthetic purposes only, with no politically-incorrect meaning intended? 

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