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A new automated, truck-mounted robot can build a house in two days, moving four times faster than human construction workers. Hadrian X by the Australian company Fastbrick Robotics Limited can reportedly lay as many as 1,000 bricks per hour and, because robots donâ€™t need lunch breaks, Hadrian X can work around the clock. The companyâ€™s impressive prototype demonstrated its abilities on a small-scale build inside a warehouse, which you can see in a time-lapse video after the jump.
I saw the video. Humans don't stand a chance.
What bricks? Around here houses are built of wood.
Is this like the restaurant robot that can't deliver soup or drinks without spilling half of it on the floor?
In the video, I see vertical gaps between the sides of the bricks. Those would need to be sealed somehow, at least for a house in a cold climate.
I like some of the ideas I've seen for machines that pour concrete or assemble concrete bricks like Lego, with holes for wires and pipes, and portholes on the inside for access. I like also the idea of a machine that recycles concrete. The secrets of ancient Roman concrete have been re-discovered in recent years, so you could theoretically design your own house and have machines build it, and if you decide to move the next buyers can recycle it and build their own idea, like an enormous 3D Etch-A-Sketch. Likewise apartment buildings could proceed from approval to occupancy much faster than they do now, which would eliminate SF's housing shortage if the city ever decides to allow taller buildings.
If it means less Mexicans, I'm all for it.
Hey, maybe Trump can use those robots them to build his wall. Mexico will pay for them so why not?
Tax each machine $10,000,000
And each job that uses them has to pay a 30% total project cost as an impact fee.
Likewise apartment buildings could proceed from approval to occupancy much faster than they do now, which would eliminate SF's housing shortage if the city ever decides to allow taller buildings.
Keep dreaming all new construction will look a house made by Rubber Maid(R).
Like a recycled plastic park bench.