Amsterdam, September 19th, 2017 – Amsterdam based start-up MX3D reveals the first part of its 3D printed steel bridge by releasing an update video. The printing of the pedestrian bridge is scheduled to be finalized early 2018 and to be installed on the Oudezijds Achterburgwal in the Red-Light District of Amsterdam in late 2018.
MX3D created intelligent software that transforms a robot and a welding machine into a large-scale printer, enabling 3D printing of metals on an architectural scale. The technique greatly extends the form liberty and ensures design freedom for architects and engineers and has huge potential to reduce the amount of material needed to make large structures.
“MX3D is one of the amazing ventures that brings the future of digital fabrication to the present. 3D Building FieldLab is proud to contribute to the next step in digital craftsmanship, sustainable manufacturing, and augmented fabrication”, says Jouke Verlinden, lead researcher of the 3D Building FieldLab & Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft.
At MX3D designers, engineers and other scientists are collaborating intensively in the AMS-3D Building FieldLab, developing new expertise and experimenting with digital construction and the use of robotics, particularly for infrastructure projects. The lab functions as a centre for expertise and a platform for collaboration between the government, the business community and knowledge institutions.
The MX3D project has only been realizable through the close collaboration with partners Autodesk, Heijmans, Joris Laarman Lab and ArcelorMittal and the support of Lead Structural Engineer Arup, Air Liquide, ABB Robotics and Lenovo. Sponsors are STV, Oerlikon and Plymovent. The public partners are TU Delft, AMS Institute and the Municipality of Amsterdam. The Expert Center is supported by the Dutch VSB Fund.