The world’s first fully 3D printed, prefab concrete bicycle bridge has officially opened.
The bridge was printed at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands and was developed with Bam Infra.
BAM Infra Nederland director Marinus Schimmel said: “We are connecting for the future. We are constantly looking for a more novel, smarter approach to solving infrastructure issues in order to make an important contribution to improving our transportation systems and creating a more sustainable society. Innovation plays a crucial role in this. 3D printing does away with the need for auxiliary materials, such as formwork. This greatly reduces the amount of waste and decreases our use of scarce raw materials. And this working method also has a positive effect on CO2 emissions during the production process of the bridge.”
Prof Theo Salet of TU Eindhoven added: “The use of robots enables every individual design to be achieved in a unique way with a similar effort. An important extra advantage is that all the information gathered during the design process can now also be communicated to the implementation phase. This is an important Building Information Management (BIM) development because it brings the parties in the chain more closely together. And in the end, it’s the end user who benefits from this through higher quality and a bespoke solution.”