Four robots took six months to 3D print the complex MX3D metal bridge

First announced in June 2015, the full span of MX3D’s ambitious, fully functional, 3D printed metal bridge has been finalized. designed by Joris Laarman lab, the preview of the stainless steel construction already hints at its vast size, as well as complex, strong and graceful geometries. the bridge is scheduled to be installed in 2019, where it will span across oudezijds achterburgwal, one of the oldest and most famous canals of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

I strongly believe in the future of digital production and local production, in “the new craft”,’ describes Joris Laarman, when announcing the project back in 2015. ‘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.’ 

Using specially designed  MX3D software and multi-axis industrial robotsit took these four machines six months of printing to complete the full span of the metal bridge. measuring 12.5 meters in length and 6.3m in width, the design currently weighs 4,500 kg and uses over 1100km of wire. before being installed in 2019, the bridge’s next phase of development is testing, where its structural integrity will be verified.

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