by michael slavica April 08, 2016

Author Michael Slavica

It seems like every week there is some new ground braking way we can use 3D printing. Well this week is no different with MX3D a Dutch based company releasing its plan to 3D print a bridge over a river in Amsterdam.

In an industry specializes in braking the rules of manufacturing MX3D are braking the rules of 3d printing. One could say they are braking out of the box if you pardon the pun. What they have created is robotic arms that do the printing which are free standing and can move with out the constraints of a box that almost all other 3d printers rely so heavily on.

They plan to have two robotic arms start at one side of the river and start printing. As the bridge is being printed the arms will travel with it laying its own tracks as it prints. The simplicity and sophistication of this method is quite breathtaking.

“MX3D is to 3D print a steel bridge. Really.

With our robots that can “draw” steel structures in 3D, we will print a bridge over water in the center of Amsterdam. We research and develop groundbreaking, cost-effective robotic technology with which we can 3D print beautiful, functional objects in almost any form. The ultimate test? Printing an intricate, ornate metal bridge for a special location to show what our robots and software, engineers, craftsmen and designers can do”

Joris Laarman is designing the bridge. The process that he will be using is a new one from Autodesk software they will be a research project in itself. It will sync with the technical development and take into account the location. The revolutionary project is a partnership between MX3D, design software company Autodesk, construction company Heijmans and many others.

From next month the progress of the project can be followed on MX3D’s visitor center. MX3D and the City of Amsterdam will announce the exact location of the bridge soon and I for one am very excited to see the project take flight.

MX3D’s software experts, craftsman and engineers plan on bringing together Robotics, digital technology and traditional industrial production in the MX3D Bridge project; they research the construction site of the future, test and share their knowledge within an AMS-3D Building FieldLab.


Joris Laarman, designer:

“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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