A bricklaying robot called SAM100 (Semi-Automated Mason) that builds walls six times faster than a human bricklayer.
Created by New York-based company Construction Robotics, SAM is ready and willing to lay 3,000 bricks per day, using its combination of a conveyor belt, robotic arm, and concrete pump. By comparison, a human builder will average around 500 bricks per day.
SAM costs about $500,000 and is already working on building sites around the U.S.
The construction industry has been slow to adopt innovation and change. Now, it appears the industry is finally evolving. Is Construction Robotics worried that it’s putting human laborers out of business? They don’t see construction sites being fully automated for decades, if not centuries. At present, SAM’s human partner is required to smooth over the concrete before SAM places more bricks. Robots can do the backbreaking heavy lifting and leave people to do other jobs.
>> Read more by Luke Dormehl, Digital Trends, March 29, 2017