On the 15th of July, the first 3D printed bridge, or rather, the world’s first 3D printed steel walkway, and was unveiled in Amsterdam.
The first 3D printed bridge is packed with state-of-the-art sensors that measure in real time how it manages pedestrian traffic, has also been installed on one of the oldest canals in the city’s red light district and it was inaugurated by the queen Dutch Maxima.
Designed by the Dutch designer Joris Laarman, the 12-meter futuristic structure was created with a type of 3D printing technique using welding robots.
MX3D, the company that developed the technology, said the elaborate design of the first 3D printed bridge showcases the possibilities of this robotic technology in the field of architecture.
“If you want to have a really highly decorated bridge or a really aesthetic bridge, suddenly it becomes a good option to print it, because it’s not just about making things cheaper and more efficient”
he has declared Tim Geurtjens, that developed MX3D technology.
“It’s about giving architects and designers a new tool, a very interesting new tool, in which they can rethink the design of their architecture and their projects.”
added Tim Geurtjens.
Design of the first 3D printed bridge
The first 3D printed bridge not only looks cool, it’s also built to be smart. As I told you at the beginning of this article, it is packed with sensors that researchers from Imperial College London will use to monitor the status of the structure in real time and keep track of how it might change as it is used by locals and tourists alike.
“This will help us think about how people behave in public space, but also how our bridges and canals will wear out because of those people”
said the Amsterdam city councilor Micha Mos.
The data will enlighten architects and engineers around the world by answering questions about the long-term behavior of 3D printed steel and its potential use in future construction projects.
Local authorities also hope it will attract a new kind of crowd to the city’s red light district, giving a different tone to one of the city’s historic districts.
“We are trying to keep it livable for the people who are here. This could attract a new type of visitor, more interested in architecture and design, than it will help change the way the neighborhood is perceived“
Micha Mos said about it.
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