Construction of a new canal bridge in Amsterdam could hardly be described as a head-turning affair. Unless of course, it is being 3D printed in mid-air by robots!
The extraordinary 3D Printed Bridge project is the brainchild of Dutch technology start-up MX3D.
When building work starts later this year, the robots will provide a gravity-defying spectacle in the heart of the city. At least two robots will begin construction at each bank of the canal, literally ‘drawing’ the intricate steel bridge in mid-air until they meet in the middle.
As the 3D Printed Bridge is a live research project, designer Joris Laarman will need to evolve his design for the bridge in line with technological developments. The bridge’s unique location will also need be taken into consideration.
Construction and design are currently rather separate factors in construction – the architect designs something and the constructor interprets the design and builds what he thinks is needed. But using 3D printing for a bridge makes design and construction operate hand-in-hand. Jurre van der Ven, Heijmans
MX3D’s highly-flexible, multi-axis robots are powered by 3D printing hardware, and will print the steel structure in a form that is both intricate and durable. The robots perform their task efficiently – and with a strangely satisfying degree of grace.
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. Joris Laarman, designer
So don’t miss your opportunity to see the robots in action – construction is due for completion in 2017.
- Find full details of the 3D Printed Bridge for Amsterdam on the MX3D website >
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Photo credits: MX3D, Joris Laarman, Adriaan de Groot
3D Printed Bridge features in Rhine Capital Partners monthly investment updates for July.
- On 25th July 2015