3D printing a bridge over an Amsterdam canal using robotic arms is a cutting-edge technology that could revolutionize the construction industry. By using robotic arms and 3D printing technology, engineers can create complex and durable structures built to last.
A startup, MX3D, has disclosed plans to 3D print a bridge over an Amsterdam canal. MX3D has previously used 3D printers to build smaller structures. The bridge would be their first 3D-printed large structure. The bridge will be 3D printed by robotic arms. The robotic arms will heat metal to very high temperatures and use the heated metal to build the bridge. The bridge will support the robotic arms as it is built. This is fascinating since the robotic arms will build their support structure as they walk across the bridge.
According to Joris Laarman, the bridge’s designer, ¨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.” MX3D and the City of Amsterdam will announce the bridge’s exact location soon.
The construction of this bridge will start in 2017. This technology will allow complex constructions in dangerous places, such as high buildings.¨
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