With close to a third of the bridge printed, Dutch design studios MX3D are well on track to be finished printing in early 2018 as programmed (see timeline below). By now, the company working on the bridge designed by Joris Laarman also mounted a robot directly on the bridge. Unlike so many high-profile 3D printing projects that clash with physical impossibilities, the first generatively designed, metal 3D printed bridge looks like it is going to become reality (and no, you cannot buy it).
MX3D is 3D printing a fully functional stainless steel bridge to cross one of the oldest and most famous canals in the center of Amsterdam, the Oudezijds Achterburgwal. The company equips typical industrial robots with purpose-built tools and develop the software to control them. The unique approach allows them to 3D print strong, complex and graceful structures out of metal. The goal of the MX3D Bridge project is to showcase the potential applications of our multi-axis 3D printing technology.
The Bridge is designed by Joris Laarman Lab, Arup is the lead structural engineer, ArcelorMittal provides the metallurgical expertise, Autodesk assists with their knowledge on digital production tools, Heijmans is our construction expert, Lenovo supports us with computational hardware, ABB is the robotics specialist, Air Liquide & Oerlikon know everything about welding and lastly, Plymovent protects the air our employees breath whilst AMS and TU Delft do invaluable research. Gemeente Amsterdam is the first customer of our collaborative bridge building department.