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Bricklaying robots

Alice-India Garwood
by Alice-India Garwood on October 2, 2018

Opportunities to reduce heavy lifting and boring tasks for builders is an important part of increasing efficiency in construction. Increased safety and speed protect the interests of builders and clients alike.

From flight assembled architecture to 3D printed roads. Bricklaying robots are the future of construction!

Flight assembled architecture involves the use of flying robots, like drones, to lay bricks with speed and efficiency. This was initially an installation in Orleans, France, between 2011 - 2012. They placed roughly 1500 modules in to a tower. Check out the video if you haven’t seen it before.

We can’t get over how precise the drones are, it’s almost beautiful to watch.

Bobtrade Construction Technology Innovation Building Supplies Marketplace[Photo Credit: Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control]

From majestic displays of drone precision, to something more practical and energetic. 

Now we come on to the aptly named Hadrian 105.

We suspect named after Hadrian’s Wall, a defensive Roman wall built north of the Pennines in the UK.

Hadrian 105 is a demonstrative model paving the way, pardon the pun, for the commercial Hadrian X. The first success stories of Hadrian 105 came in 2015, when the first block printed structure was completed. Hadrian’s arm means that it could build a structure from over 60 feet away. This means that another benefit, on top of the speed and accuracy of this bricklayer (it can build an average sized house in 2 days), is that it’s safer too.

"The Hadrian 105 can build an average sized house in 2 days."

Hadrian105 Bobtrade Construction Technology Innovation Building Supplies Marketplace[Photo Credit: Huffington Post]

Now, we have Robi-One, the new brick slip robot from MBA.

Robi can download drawings and accurately position components for nailing or stapling. Which is pretty clever. The time saving capabilities of this function are immense and it saves a lot of paper. Launched at the Offsite Construction Show in London back in October 2017 this completely automated production line will glue and apply brick slip to prefabricated elements.

"The time saving capabilities of this function are immense."robi one Bobtrade Construction Technology Innovation Building Supplies Marketplace[Photo Credit: MBA]

Not all of our robot bricklayers stack bricks. Some of the machines in our list print them.

Tiger Stone, a brick-laying machine that automatically prints out paved roads. Created by Dutch-company Vanku BV this is a clever and innovative way to construct block paving quickly and accurately.

SAM combines the use of a robotic arm with a conveyor belt to lay 3,000 bricks a day. SAM, standing for Semi-Automated Mason, comes from the company Construction Robots in New York is a robot we can expect to see on British shores in just a few years. What makes SAM special is the manner in which this automated mason and human stonemasons work together to complete the project. By not fully relying on either human or automated labour but utilising the best bits of both, SAM allows for the most efficient working practices possible.

"SAM allows for the most efficient working practices possible."

Bricklaying Robot Sam Bobtrade Construction Technology Innovation Building Supplies Marketplace[Photo Credit: IBT]

We love the creativity and efficiency of these machines. Bricklaying robots get a massive thumbs up from us at Bobtrade towers!

Have you ever had the chance to work with brick laying robotics? Would you ever want to? Join our online community and start conversation and asks questions about this very topic or on anything you like. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Alice-India Garwood

Alice-India Garwood

Content Marketing Executive at Bobtrade. Interested in design, sustainability and the history of construction. I love all things indie and theatrical.