World’s first 3D printed steel Bridge

The world’s first 3D printed steel bridge developed by MX3D, has been installed over one of Amsterdam’s oldest canals, after two years of suspense.

This fascinating, ground-breaking project is an initiative of the Dutch start-up MX3D and  it was winner of a Dutch Design Award in the category Design Research.

World’s first 3D printed steel BridgeWorld’s first 3D printed steel Bridge

The unique design is the brainchild of designer Joris Laarman. The development came about with partners including Arup, Autodesk, Heijmans, ArcelorMittal and Imperial College London. The bridge will be placed over the canal of the Oudezijds Achterburgwal (Wallen).

The project marks a breakthrough for the innovative possibilities of (large-scale) 3D printing: the introduction of this technique to a public use object increases the social awareness and integration of this technology. The project symbolises the speed with which this new technology and possible applications are developing.

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