It could change structural engineering

Dutch design company MX3D is preparing to print an entire bridge in steel in Amsterdam, using an industrial welding robot which they have developed. Their aim is to programme the robot to move across the bridge as it prints the structure, unlike traditional 3D printing that operates within a frame like a box.

“By printing with industrial robots, we are no longer limited to a square box in which everything happens,” says Tim Geurtjens, chief technology officer at MX3D. The company plans to print the bridge in its workshop in the north of Amsterdam by 2017. “Digital manufacturing is still a relatively unexplored territory, but will lead to a huge aesthetic and industrial freedom.” Learn more about their plans.