Amsterdam’s robot-printed steel bridge, the first of its kind in the world, is more attractive than you might expect. Its curved, raw steel balustrades with intricate mesh detailing are typical of the optimised aesthetic of 3D printing.
First displayed publicly in 2018 and awaiting installation over a local canal, the bridge was printed by Dutch firm MX3D. Chief executive Gijs van der Velden, in New Zealand as part of the Heavy Engineering Research Association 20/20 Vision Conference, says the company has developed a new way of using robotic arms as 3D printers. He shares his thoughts on the future of automated construction, and how digital design and fabrication will change the world.
Above: PepsiCo food, snack, and beverage product line-up/Source: PepsiCo PepsiCo turned to tooling with 3D printing...