A NEW robot which builds walls six times faster than a human has been developed.
A story featured in the Daily Mail reveals that the semi-automated Mason, nicknamed Sam, can lay 3,000 bricks a day.
The robot has already started work in the US, but could be arriving on building sites in the UK within two years, says the Daily Mail.
‘Robot may be a threat’
The Daily Mail reports: “Experts have spoken out against the robot’s arrival and have claimed that the auto-builders could put the jobs of thousands of bricklayers at risk.”
It is said that while Sam can lay 3,000 bricks a day, a builder’s average is 500.
The robot consists of a conveyor belt, a robotic arm and a concrete pump and was built by the New York-based company Construction Robotics. A builder is needed to load the robot up with bricks, after which the machine’s nozzle covers a brick in concrete before the robotic arm puts it in place. A second builder will then smooth over the concrete before the robot places more bricks.
Faster than humans
Richard Valentine-Selsey, a construction consultant, told the Times: “Robots will soon be on construction sites doing jobs that humans do, but faster.”