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Heijmans and MX3D Collaborate on 3D Printing of a Steel Bridge in Amsterdam

Matt Ball on June 15, 2015 - in Bridges, Design/Engineering

AMSTERDAM, JUNE 11, 2015—Heijmans collaborates on the 3D printing of a steel bridge that will be located in the centre of Amsterdam. The project was initiated by Dutch start-up MX3D. Heijmans will contribute its knowledge of and experience in construction and technology to print the bridge. The bridge is designed by Dutch designer Joris Laarman.

The collaboration is the next example of Heijmans’ innovative way of building the ‘spatial contours of tomorrow’. As Innovation is essential in order to realise sustainable and effective solutions. The MX3D-project being a natural step for Heijmans in realising a more automatic construction site.Thanks to ICT and robotics new possibilities arise in the area of design, use of materials, logistics and safety.

Heijmans is collaborating in a similar way with Studio Roosegaarde on the innovative Smart Highway concept and DUS Architects on the 3D Print Canal House in Amsterdam.

The technology behind the bridge

MX3D equips multi-axis industrial robots with 3D printing tools and develops software so that the robots print metals, plastics and combinations of materials in virtually any format. From large construction to small part – with this technique MX3D can 3D print strong, complex structures of durable material. The new technique is cost-effective and scalable, more than current 3D printing methods, and offers creative robot production solutions for art, construction and more.

From September 2015 a visitor center opens for the public, where the progress of the project can be followed. MX3D and the City of Amsterdam will announce the exact location of the bridge soon.

Designer Joris Laarman:

“I strongly believe in the future of digital production and local production, in “the new craft”. 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.”

The MX3D Bridge project will be supported by collaborators Autodesk and Heijmans, sponsors Air Liquide , ABB robotics, STV, Delcam, Within, Lenovo and public partners TU Delft, AMS, Amsterdam City Council.

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Matt Ball is a former editor and publisher of V1 Media.

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