Corporations and scientists in university labs have been developing robots for a long time now, but should we be looking into the future regarding the cost of jobs? With robots getting smarter, and let’s face it, probably making better employees, more and more jobs are being lost to them.
Now, we are on the path to robots that lay bricks and stack concrete blocks.
Still in development, the 3D Automated Robotic Bricklaying machine from Fastbrick Robotics works best with repetitive and basic movement. But once developed it will significantly reduce the time needed to build large structures—the robot can place 1,000 bricks per hour.
“Industrial robots have been very successful at taking over some of the semi-skilled stuff in structured environments like factories, but other than in a few art projects, it’s relatively new to see industrial arms doing productive things out in the world, like laying bricks,” wrote IEEE Spectrum.
Fastbrick Robotics Animation:
According to IEEE Spectrum: “As long as you keep feeding it bricks, it can work continuously, placing 1,000 bricks an hour based on a CAD drawing. This works out to the shell of a new house every two or three days, complete with channels for plumbing and electrical. The whole system is mobile (although it relies on external localization), meaning that you can use it pretty much anywhere. And with a development cost of just $7 million, it might actually be commercially viable.”
ETH Zurich is another company that is developing an autonomous construction robot called the In-situ Fabricator.
“In-situ Fabricator” (Time-lapse)
The “In-situ Fabricator” (Interviews):
It is very likely that robots will play a major part in our future—to what extent it will be, only time will tell.