Dutch has designed a Pedestrian Bridge that will be 3D printed by Robots

Dutch designer Joris Laarman has designed a pedestrian
bridge for Amsterdam that will be 3D printed by robots. The ornate metal
structure, which will span a canal in the Dutch city, will be printed in-situ
by robotic arms. The location of the bridge will be announced soon and
completion is set for 2017.The versatile six-axis robots – which are able to
rotate their arms along six different planes of movement – will print a
load-bearing structure that will support their own weight as they work.
Dutch has designed a Pedestrian Bridge that will be 3D printed by Robots
This will allow them to start on one bank of the canal and
work their way across to the other side, printing steel as they go.
“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,” said Laarman. “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.”
Dutch has designed a Pedestrian Bridge that will be 3D printed by Robots
The project has been developed by MX3D, a technology startup
launched by Joris Laarman Lab to investigate ways of printing large,
sophisticated structures.
It builds on technology developed by Laarman that allows
industrial robots to “draw” metal structures in the air. This
potentially allows far larger structures to be printed than are currently
possible, and means the technology can start to move out of the factory and
onto the construction site.
What distinguishes our technology from traditional 3D
printing methods is that we work according to the ‘printing outside the box’
principle,” said Tim Geurtjens, chief technology officer at MX3D.
“By printing with six-axis industrial robots, we are no
longer limited to a square box in which everything happens,” Geurtjens
added. “Printing a functional, life-size bridge is of course the ideal way
to showcase the endless possibilities of this technique.”
Dutch has designed a Pedestrian Bridge that will be 3D printed by Robots
The project, which is supported by design software company
Autodesk and construction company Heijmans, could eventually allow entire
buildings to be printed.

“The MX3D platform is a potential game changer,”
said Maurice Conti, director of strategic innovation at Autodesk.
“Breaking free of the traditional limitations of additive manufacturing –
small-size prints and poor material performance – this technology opens up
possibilities for architectural-scale, relatively low-cost, metal structures
that are as complex as the designer’s imagination.”
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