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New 3D-printed bridge erected in Amsterdam

This 12-meter 3D-printed stainless steel bridge was recently erected in Amsterdam. As is par for the course, some people hate it and some people love it. I’m in the latter camp.

Designed by Joris Laarman Lab in collaboration with MX3D and Arup (engineering), the bridge was printed off-site over a 6 month period and then craned into place.

3D printing stuff isn’t new; but it is interesting to see the technology being used for this real world application. Supposedly it’s the first 3D-printed stainless steel bridge. There are claims out there for other materials.

What is also interesting is that the entire bridge has been outfitted with sensors so that things like pedestrian usage, corrosion, and load changes can be measured going forward.

Construction is generally a messy process. And it’s kind of amazing how little it has changed over the years. I don’t think that there’s any question that this represents the future of building.

Images: Thea van den Heuvel via Dezeen

1 Comment so far

  1. Myron Nebozuk

    Good god is this ugly! I have observed that people who embrace parametric design let other design ‘muscles’ atrophy. One of my former heros, a firm called Mecanoo, hasn’t hit anything more than a line drive since they adopted parametricism.


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