3D Printed steel bridge:
Dutch Engineers from Robotics Company MX3D designed 3D Printed Steel bridge. If you wish to walk on this bridge, visit Dutch Design Week previewed from October 20 to 28 October. This bridge installed across a canal in Amsterdam.
This bridge work started in 2015. Initially, Engineers decided to build the bridge using the Robots from molten steel. They decided to build 12-meter long pedestrian bridge with the help of famous designer Joris Laarman. This work also completed earlier this year. Now it’s in the final stage of the construction process. To design this bridge, it required Six-axis robots to design a 6-meter long bridge with the help of molten steel. This involves some programmed robotic arms to perform the action and control welding machines. This dream project has gone through several testing stages to strengthen the structure against any kind of collisions. This testing is to satisfy the council’s regulations.
After that, this initial design altered as per the Engineers advice. The Engineers concern was that if any one of the bearers gets hit, there is a chance of collision. This makes the structure to critically fail. That’s why the new concept created to overcome this difficulty.
3D Printing of steel bridge:
Though the company initially wants to design using robots due to budget restraints and dangerous part, they decided to build using 3D Print. The Company set a new vision to design an autonomous 3D printed surrounding in their environment. The company didn’t get permission from the government to create this new technology. After that, the Government gave permission for this 3D Printed Pedestrian Steel bridge.
This design also includes some Sensor network for monitoring about the bridge. This data includes bridge performance, strain, rotation, load, bicycles, vibrations,etc., The network data say about how many people crossing the bridge, the speed they are crossing, structure withstanding capability, etc., These data used for the future development process also. This information acts as Input for “digital twin”, a computer model that responds to data as collecting from real time. These two data will be compared and acts as a feedback system. then, this information helpful for future 3D printed design. This bridge installed in the mid of 2019 in Amsterdam.