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This Is How the First All-3D Printed Steel Bridge, Founded by Laarman and Arup, Looks Like

16.08.2021
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Laarman and Arup's 3d bridge

A team of engineers from Amsterdam has presented the world’s first all-3D printed steel bridge. The project was completed three years ago, but the installation of the bridge was constantly delayed.

In recent years, there has been active development of 3D printing technology in construction. And the Netherlands seems to support this trend. For example, back in May, the first 3D-printed residential building in the EU arrived in the suburbs of Eindhoven. And now the first steel bridge in the world was revealed all-printed with the help of 3D technologies. Compared to classical buildings, 3D printing has a number of advantages: short construction times, reduced economic and environmental costs, and ease of execution of complex shapes.

The First Printed Steel Bridge by Joris Laarman Lab and MX3D Has Arrived in Amsterdam

A small bridge is made of almost 4.5 thousand kilograms of stainless steel and is located in the Red Light District in Amsterdam. The opening, which took place on July 5, was attended by the Queen of the Netherlands. The construction took six years, while the printing process itself took six months. The weight of the structure is 6 tons, and it is 12 m long. The bridge was printed by four robots and then the bank supports and decorative elements were made. More than ten sensors are built into the bridge, with the help of which it will be possible to monitor its condition and deformation. The sensors will also count the number of pedestrians crossing the bridge every day. The structure was installed for two years as a replacement for the conventional bridge, which at that time will be under reconstruction.

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