This would be the first fully functional steel bridge in the world to be made by 3D printing and is a big test for the future of this technology. Not only will the new bridge be functional and durable, able to withhold regular foot traffic, it’s also been designed by founder Joris Larman with a sleek and intricate design thats meant to contrast the historic city centre in which it’s being placed.
There are certainly a number of challenges ahead for this company, but if they can pull this off, it would prove that 3D printing can have a real impact on how cities are built and designed in the future, from design to construction. The hope is of course that as this technology advances we will get better, more cost-efficient and quicker executed projects in our city spaces . In theory 3D printing of the “outside the box” kind, can be used to build railings, garbage collection facilities, lamp posts, playgrounds, the list is truly endless. Beyond all the hype that’s been brewing in the past several years about how 3D printing can change our lives, this project is really putting it to the test by constructing a functional and large-scale piece of infrastructure for a city.
The exact location of the bridge will soon be revealed and those interested can follow along in the construction and developed plans when a visitors center will open up in September 2015 in Amsterdam. For now the plan is set to make the 3D printed bridge a reality in 2017, with the printing process taking about 2 months.