3D Printer to Print Steel Canal Bridge in Amsterdam

Amsterdam will soon be getting a new steel canal bridge. Nothing so special about that, right? Did we mention that the bridge will be built using specially designed 3D Printing Robots?

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Artists Impression of the 3D Printing Robots

These 3D printing robots are from MX3D  – an R&D start up since 2014. They develop innovative and cost effective robotic technology and designs. And it might transform processes at construction sites as they are now.

These 3D printing robots will be using steel to build the bridge. The robots will begin printing on one side of the canal, creating supports and the then “drawing” the middle section of the bridge into life, making it’s way to the other side of the canal.

Joris Laarman a designer working on the bridge said:

“I strongly believe in the future of digital production and local production, in “the new craft”. This bridge will show how 3D printing finally enters the world of large-scale, functional objects and sustainable materials while allowing unprecedented freedom of form. The symbolism of the bridge is a beautiful metaphor to connect the technology of the future with the old city, in a way that brings out the best of both worlds.”

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Steel Bridge Sketches for 3D Printed Bridge in Amsterdam

 

The exact location of the steel bridge is currently being kept a secret, but from September 2015 MX3D followers can be kept updated in their visitor centre.