A multitude of projects have come out of the ambition to push 3d printing further. Especially in the field of architecture continuous experimentation has taken place to further develop machines and materials.
We believe that the bridge project by dutch startup company MX3D could seriously become a game-changer in printing architectural structures. The bridge will be made out of a new steel composite and created independently by programmed robots. MX3D invented an additive manufacturing technique, that allows multi-axis robots to 3d print metals and resins in mid-air without any support structures. Oh, and it has an advanced welding machine integrated as well.
“What distinguishes our technology from traditional 3D printing methods is that we work according to the ‘printing outside the box’ principle,” Tim Geurtjens, chief technology officer MX3D “By printing with 6-axis industrial robots, we are no longer limited to a square box in which everything happens.”
We obviously find it especially exciting that this project will become a reality in the Netherlands and be created over a canal in the city of Amsterdam. Since the robots are able to print their own support structures they will be able to construct the bridge from one site to the other.
Printing starts in 2017 and we cannot wait for it.