Dutch startup MX3D to 3D print steel bridge in Amsterdam
MX3D equips industrial multi-axis robots with 3D tools and develops the software to control them. This allows us to 3D print strong, complex and gracious structures out of sustainable material – from large bridges to small parts. We research and develop groundbreaking, cost-effective robotic technology with which we can 3D print beautiful, functional objects in almost any form.
With the MX3D Bridge project we want to showcase the potential of our multi-axis 3D print technology. Tim Geurtjens, CTO MX3D: ” What distinguishes our technology from traditional 3D printing methods is that we work according to the ‘Printing Outside the box’ principle. 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 demonstrate the endless possibilities of this technique.”
We continuously research, develop and improve our technology together with our partners – the most innovative companies and institutes in hard- & software, construction and welding. Our MX3D’s engineers, craftsmen and software experts bring together digital technology, robotics and traditional industrial production in this Bridge project. The MX3D Bridge project would not exist without the support of partners, Autodesk, Heijmans, Arcelor Mittal, Air Liquide sponsors, ABB robotics, STV, Delcam, Within, Lenovo, public partners TU Delft, AMS, Amsterdam City Council.
The bridge will be designed by Joris Laarman Lab: ” I strongly believe in the future of digital production and local production, in “the new craft”. 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.” (JL)
Since October 2015 this project officially kicked off by opening our workspace by Alderman and Deputy of Amsterdam, Mayor Kajsa Ollongren. She also and announced that the printed bridge will be installed across the Oudezijds Achterburgwal canal.