Since the 3D printers were invented they have been pushing to discover their limits. A 3D printed home has been accomplished and the next step is something a little more structurally challenging. There is a 3D printing company in Amsterdam that has developed a revolutionary, multi axis robotic 3D printer that can draw structures in the air and they are planning to use this machine to build a bridge over a canal in the heart of Amsterdam. The objects and structures that are being produced by 3D printers are outstanding and the printers can be used for so many sectors like medical, construction, technology and anything else really.
The bridge will be designed by artist and designer Joris Laarman, who helped develop the MX3D-Resin and the MX3D Metal which is a robotic 3D printer, which combined the MX3D-Resin with a welder creating a machine able to draw fast setting metal structures. This technique is going to be used to print the bridge out of steel. Small increments of molten metal are welded to the existing structure which creates multiple lines of steal, by doing this the printer is able to create a strong, complex structure that spans over the canal. The 3D printer will print its own supports along the way so it can operate autonomously. This bridge will show how 3D printing can have an impact on the sector of large scale, functional objects and sustainable materials while allowing unprecedented freedom of form. Joris Laarman said “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 in both worlds.”
The design of the bridge is not yet fully known but what is known is that it is going to have a cantilevered arch. Both the final design and location is set to be revealed later this year and construction is scheduled to begin in September of this year. The fact technology has come so far in such a small period of time is absolutely amazing and it will be interesting to see the construction of the bridge.