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Is it really possible to 3D print a bridge?

Dutch based company MX3D believe they can. With the support of Autodesk and construction company Heijmans, they propose to 3D print a steel bridge over a canal in Amsterdam using robots with welding machines.

The ambitious project is an inspiring example of the potential of where technologies can take us. If this project is a success we can start to expand our visions for 3D printing beyond the small components we are used to, and that’s really exciting.

We have always believed if you think ‘outside the box’ anything is possible and it would appear MX3D have a similar approach! Their mantra is to ‘Print Outside the box’ - being able to 3D print metals and resin in mid-air, without the need for support structures, we think, certainly qualifies them.

Joris Laarman, designer, describes his inspiration behind the project, “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.”

Has Laarman has hit the nail on the head? We are delighted to see the ethos of new technologies working alongside the old. In this case 3D printing and welding coming together to produce something that, even before it is built, is proving to amaze, excite and inspire. Surely this is the way forward?

Read more about the project here.

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