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 robotic arms will be supported by the bridge as it is built. This is fascinating since the robotic arms will build their own support structure as they walk across the bridge.
According to Joris Laarman, the designer of the bridge, ¨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 exact location of the bridge soon.
The construction of this bridge will start by 2017. This technology will allow complex constructions in dangerous places, for example, on high buildings.¨
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