3D print steel bridge

Joris Laarman

Product | Future concept | Material

The Dutch MX3D company develops groundbreaking, cost-effective robotic 3D printing technology. With robots that can ‘draw’ steel structures in 3D, MX3D will print a bridge over water in the center of Amsterdam. The bridge is designed by Joris Laarman.

MX3D can 3D print aesthetic, functional objects in almost any form, that are much larger and more efficiently produced than has been possible until now. Printing an intricate, ornate metal bridge in a unique location is the ultimate test for robots, software engineers, craftsmen and designers.

Joris Laarman: “I strongly believe in the future of digital production and local production –‘the new craft’. This bridge will show how 3D printing finally enters the world of large-scale, functional objects and sustainable materials while allowing unprecedented freedom of form. The symbolism of the bridge is a beautiful metaphor to connect the technology of the future with the old city, in a way that brings out the best of both worlds.”


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