3D printed pedestrian bridge to span Amsterdam canal

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3D printing is facilitating an explosion of experimentation in both form and material. Amsterdam’s MX3D studio is leading the way with its six-axis robot printers capable of printing objects of almost any size. Rather than being restricted by need to print within a machine, the MX3D bots move around the work being printed. This enables for almost any shape to be created. The company has partnered with the city of Amsterdam, Arup and Imperial College London to create a new standard of safety for 3D construction projects. A sensor network has been installed on the bridge by a team of structural engineers, mathematicians, computer scientists, and statisticians from The Alan Turing Institute and the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction.  The sensors will provide constant, real-time data, including weight dispersion via a living computer model of the bridge. The safety measurements will be simultaneously tested on a digital version of the structure. This in turn will allow engineers to look for future design tweaks.

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