Wonder where you can see a 3D-Printed Metal Bridge? Book your tickets to Amsterdam, the Netherlands!
Old and cobble-stoned Amsterdam is about to get a modern futuristic addition: a 3D-printed footbridge.
The bridge is to be assembled entirely by robots that can “print” complex steel objects in midair. The autonomous bots are like mechanical, blowtorch-wielding welders that melt together layer upon layer of steel to form a solid object, said Tim Geurtjens, MX3D’s co-founder and chief technology officer.
It is the first time that Geurtjens and his colleagues are designing and building a bridge using this printing technology. Until now, the company was largely using its robots to construct free-form sculptures and giant pieces of furniture. But the bridge job —a collaboration between several companies that are bigger, a startup and the Amsterdam City Council — is a chance for MX3D to show that its version of 3D printing is extraordinarily useful for making all kinds of stuff in the world that is real.