A Dutch start-up has unveiled plans to build the first bridge in the world using the 3D-printing technology.
The 3D-printing technology is improving at a reckless pace. This technological breakthrough is very well illustrated in the architecture field. Whereas a wholly 3D-printed building project has recently been unveiled in the city of Dubai ( http://snip.ly/syBT ), a Dutch startup is also planning to innovate in the sector by building the world’s first bridge using this astonishing technology. This construction is set to take place over a canal in the centre of Amsterdam.
To undertake such a groundbreaking construction, the firm has designed some robotic arm printers which will be able to slide along the bridge’s edges in order to print what will be then their own support. Such arms are able to heat the metal used up to 1,500 degree Celsius in order to build the structure out of thin air, with the help of a sophisticated computer program.
MX3D, the firm presenting this ambitious project, has come a long way to develop such a sophisticated technology. It firstly managed to use quick-drying raisin for small 3D-printed structures in 2014. Nowadays, they are able to print with different kinds of materials, notably molten metals. The development of this technology can have a huge impact on the construction field, as these robotic arms do not need humans to operate. Moreover, scaffoldings are not needed anymore, as the robot will rely on the structure itself to keep on printing.
The construction of this one-of-a-kind bridge is planned for fall 2017. At this time, two robotic arms will be positioned on each side of the canal and start their work. If all goes as planned, pedestrian will be able to cross the chosen canal in Amsterdam around two months later thanks to a 3D-printed 7-meters long bridge.
MX3D believes that the completion of this project could open doors to larger-scale constructions, even dreaming of building skyscrapers one day.
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