In Amsterdam, Dutch 3D printing firm MX3D cut the ribbon on its project to 3D print a steel bridge across one of the city’s famous canals using two modified, multi-axis robotic arms. The project, begun by the Joris Laarman Studio and Petr Novikov and Saša Jokić from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), will see six-axis robotic arms 3D print a steel bridge to be placed across the Oudezijds Achterburgwal canal in the city’s famous Red Light District. The project is also being boosted by Dutch construction firm Heijmans and Autodesk. With the help of software from Autodesk, the systems are able to weld metal or print resin, in mid-air, without support structures or size constraints. Once complete, the MX3D Bridge will be the first 3D printed bridge in the world. Because of the pedestrian traffic at the location, MX3D has opted for 3D printing at a construction site north of Amsterdam, before installing the bridge. However, visitors will be able to see the bridge’s progress over its three to four month construction period. The numerous other 3D printing-based architectural projects popping up the world over.
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