This week, the first part of a steel bridge printed by robots was released to public with this video showcasing how Arup approached this. Arup is helping MX3D with the structural design, testing and monitoring of this pedestrian bridge which will be installed following completion of the canal wall renovation on the Oudezijds Achterburgwal in the Amsterdam city center.

The Amsterdam based startup MX3D created intelligent software that transforms a robot and a welding machine into a large scale printer, enabling 3D printing of metals on an architectural scale. This new technique provides new opportunities for architects and engineers and has huge potential to reduce the amount of material needed to make large structures.

Arup worked in close collaboration with Joris Laarman to come up with the design in 2016, with the team defining a testing sequence to support design by experiments and prove the structural capacity of the bridge. In addition, we are giving technical advice on site, helping MX3D in the ongoing process with the municipality and coordinating with other technical partners.

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And don’t miss a chance to take a trip along the canals of Amsterdam with Lenovo’s VR experience at Digital Construction Week (18-19 October at London’s ExCeL) which will allow visitors to explore MX3D’s bridge in VR. And join Arup as they showcase their latest developments.