3D Printer Robots To Print Steel Bridge

Posted: Jun 15 2015, 7:56am CDT | by , in News | Technology News


3D Printer Robots to Print Steel Bridge

A dutch startup announced to 3D print a bridge over water.

Dutch startup MX3D has announced a very cool 3D printing experiment. Robots 3D print with steel a bridge over the water in the center of Amsterdam. The Dutch company has developed cost-effective robotic 3D printing technology which can print functional objects in almost any form. Much larger and more efficiently than possible until now, using sustainable materials.

The bridge by designer Joris Laarman will be ready in 2017. The artist rendering shows how MX3D robots would move along the bridge as it gets printed. The sight of the robots printing the bridge could become a tourist attraction. The video below shows the 3D printing robots in action. In the video MX3D explains the technology and prints a small bridge.

Joris Laarman, designer says: “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.”

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.

Tim Geurtjens, CTO MX3D: “What distinguishes our technology from traditional 3D printing methods is that we work according to the ‘Printing Outside the box’ principle. By printing with 6-axis industrial robots, we are no longer limited to a square box in which everything happens. Printing a functional, life-size bridge is of course the ideal way to showcase the endless possibilities of this technique. ”

Via the MX3D site.

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