The first 3D printed steel bridge was inaugurated in Amsterdam

The first 3D printed steel bridge was inaugurated in Amsterdam

After six years of work, the first 3D printed steel bridge was built in the red light district: it is 12 meters long and is pedestrian only

The inauguration of the 3D printed steel bridge in Amsterdam (photo: Ppe / Ipa) A 12-meter pedestrian bridge made of 3D printed stainless steel has been inaugurated in the red light district of Amsterdam. The cutting of the ribbon, in the presence of the Queen of the Netherlands Máxima (with the orange hat, in the photo), was done by a robot. This is the first obtained thanks to 3D printing (one in concrete was made in the Netherlands in 2017) and is the result of a very long process: the project was launched in 2015 and initially it was planned to be completed within a few years. Six have passed.

The bridge, which crosses the Oudezijds Achterburgwal canal, bears the signature of Joris Laarman and was built by the Dutch robotics company MX3D. To manufacture it, stainless steel bars assembled by six-axis robotic arms equipped with welding devices were used. The robot-builders did not work on site, as the original design predicted: the bridge was printed elsewhere and then transported and assembled.

To understand how the bridge will behave in the future, the Alan Turing Institute and Dutch company Arup have equipped the facility with a network of sensors to collect data and track the facility's performance and health, so to speak. A sort of digital twin that will allow you to monitor corrosion, load changes, environmental conditions and use by pedestrians. The goal is to exploit this data for the design of other bridges, while thanks to the use of 3D printing we aim at further more efficient structures that use less material.

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