In September, an Amsterdam 3D printing company called MX-3D will use a set of robotic 3D printers to print a gravity-defying steel bridge over water.
According to their website, MX3D is “a company that researches and develops groundbreaking robotic 3D print technology”. They have been featured in Wired UK, Fast Company, The Guardian and several other well-known publications for their innovative ground-breaking work to 3D print metal in thin air without any support beneath it. They’ve used this to be the first to ever 3D print metal furniture, and soon they will be the first to 3D print an entire metal bridge over water.
According to the project’s page, their goal is to print “an intricate, ornate metal bridge for a special location to show what our robots and software, engineers, craftsmen and designers can do.” They will use new Autodesk software to design the bridge.
“By printing with 6-axis industrial robots, we are no longer limited to a square box in which everything happens. Printing a functional, life-size bridge is of course the ideal way to showcase the endless possibilities of this technique.” —Tim Geurtjens, CTO MX3D