The Hadrian X, a new home building machine from Fastbrick Robotics, was created to ameliorate the shortage of bricklayers in the U.S., U.K., and Australian construction industries.
The robot cuts its own bricks, applies the adhesive, and then feeds the bricks to the end of its large robotic arm for placement. Kiel Chivers, director of corporate affairs for the Perth-based company, says that the machine can lay more than 1,000 standard bricks per hour, per Business Insider. In the U.S., masonry jobs are expected to grow 15 percent by 2025, per the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Chivers explains that to fulfill the needs of growing cities, the machine does the work that humans don’t want to, “Young people no longer see brick-laying as an attractive career due to the dull, dirty, and dangerous nature of the work.”