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The Gallery | Construction of the world's first 3D printed bridge starts in Amsterdam

Construction of a 3D printed bridge has started in Amsterdam.

The metal bridge is being 3D printed by Dutch company MX3D, which has opened a building site where robots are building the bridge.

The fully operational footbridge has been designed by Joris Laarman and it is being installed across the Oudezijds Achterburgwal canal. The project was opened by the city’s deputy major Kajsa Ollongren.

MX3D is working with Autodesk and construction and civil engineering technology firm Heijmans on the project.

Autodesk director strategic innovation Maurice Conti said: “The MX3D platform is a potential game changer. Breaking free of the traditional limitations of additive manufacturing - small size prints and poor material performance - this technology opens up possibilities for architectural-scale, relatively low-cost, metal structures that are as complex as the designer’s imagination.”

Heijmans is working on several innovations in the civil engineering sector, including smart motorways and a glow-in-the-dark cycle path.

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