July 05, 2015
Robotic Brick Layers And Other Construction Robots

A company called Construction Robotics has a real working brick laying robot.

They claim 900 bricks laid by a robot and a mason (human) in 6 hours. How does that compare to human brick layers working alone? How many bricks in a typical brick house? Here is another video of their robot at work building walls for a high school in Laramie Wyoming. And another one.

An Australian company, Fast Brick Robotics, claims their Hadrian robot will be able to build a brick house in 2 days. They do not seem to have that capability yet (at least as measured by a Youtube video showing it in action).They say they will be able to lay 1000 bricks per hour.If they can deliver brick housing will gain a competitive advantage over houses built with other materials.

Another way to do it: flying robots that lay bricks. Another approach: printing a house.

Several years ago I read that half the cost of housing construction is on-site labor. Well, that portion of housing costs is going to drop a lot. Construction materials that are easier to handle robotically will get used more. Will ease of automation favor wood, aluminum, steel, bricks, plastics, composites, or other materials?

Some of the more dangerous jobs that ought to be automated: lumberjacks, fishermen, roofers. Here's a 2015 list of most dangerous jobs.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2015 July 05 03:35 PM 

Brett Bellmore said at July 5, 2015 4:37 PM:

I estimate about 10,000 bricks in my own house, roughly. Possibly 15,000.

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