The first 3D printed stainless steel bridge looks like it comes out of space

After more than three years of adventure, MX3D has finally put this first 3D printed stainless steel bridge in its rightful place.

After many delays and overcoming equally challenges, the fruit of the work can be admired on the Amsterdam canal for at least two years. There it connects two parts of the street and it is worth mentioning here that it is indeed the first 3D-printed bridge, but only made of stainless steel. Other 3D bridges have been built for a long time, where we can distinguish the world’s longest bridge, which was built in 18 days.

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MX3D has finally set up its first 3D printed stainless steel bridge on the Amsterdam canal

The original plan was to build the bridge on site, but it proved impossible for safety reasons, so it was completed at the factory in 2018 within six months. This unfortunately delayed its integration into the canal, but recently it finally reached its destination with the help of the ship from which the crane picked it up, setting it in place.

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The bridge is 12.2 meters long and 6.3 meters wide and during these six months it has been “welded” by a total of four robots that welded hot metal layers using standard welding wire and gas, which consumed 6,000 kg of stainless steel. Finally, this one-piece, first 3D-printed stainless steel bridge looks out of this world and really stands out in terms of technology, because it has a number of sensors.

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These sensors are used to collect structural measurements of deformation, rotation, load, displacement and vibration. This is at least as far as the bridge is concerned, because at the same time they are also used to read data on environmental factors (air quality and temperature).

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This data is fed into an accurate computer model of the bridge to help engineers monitor its structural condition in real time. They will also be used to “teach” the bridge so that he knows how many people are using it and how.

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