3D Printed Metal Bridge
Heijmans and Autodesk teamed up with a dutch startup MX3D to create a 3D printed steel bridge for the center of Ámsterdam.
Heijmans is a dutch construction and civil engineering company. Autodesk is a very popular design software company. And MX3D is a robotic 3d printing technology research and developing company. The 3D printed metal bridge will be designed by Joris Laarman Lab. Joris also stated that this bridge will show how 3D printing finally enters also the world of large-scale. He strongly believes in the future of digital production. The steel bridge will also allow unprecedented freedom of forms. It symbolizes the perfect combination between future technologies and the old city. This is a great combination to show off the best of both worlds.
The video from MX3D
The infra innovation manager, Jurre van der Ven, says “Heijmans reslises that things must change”. MX3D will equip the multi axis industrial robots with 3D printing tools and they developed software so that they can print metal, plastic and a combination of materials in any format. Van der Ven also commented that they’re completely compatible with MX3D. Both of them together can know what market wants and offer it to them. MX3D is looking to scale up from printing furniture to a bridge. During the first two years they’ll be testing it all out but from the third year they do sure want to effectively start printing bridges. September 2015 will open the visitors center where you can follow the 3D printed metal bridge.
Images from MX3D
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