The MX3D 3D Printed Bridge project has been awarded the prestigious STARTS Prize. The European Commission has launched the STARTS initiative -innovation at the nexus of Science, Technology, and the ARTS, in order to award innovative projects that demonstrate successful interaction between science, technology and art. An important criteria also taken into consideration is the potential contribution to economic and social innovation.
As per a jury report statement: ‘This project is not only great in engineering and design but also generates discussion about the future of design and construction.’
MX3D is using 3-D robotic printers to produce a fully functional steel bridge designed by Joris Laarman Lab.
The project brings together knowledge of materials science, design, robotics, software development and user experience, which is why its builder MX3D is working together with the AMS-3D Building FieldLab.
The pedestrian bridge is scheduled to be completed by October 2018 and will then be installed on a canal in the Red Light district of Amsterdam.The bridge will also be equipped with sensors allowing data collection with in mind the creation of a Digital Twin bridge.
The MX3D bridge project is a close collaboration between partners Autodesk, Heijmans, Joris Laarman Lab and ArcelorMittal, with 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.