Amsterdam’s robot printed steel bridge has been awarded the European Commission’s prestigious STARTS Prize 2018, which champions innovative projects at the interface of science, technology and art.
STARTS recognizes digital transformation projects that have the potential to contribute to economic and social innovation. The 3D-printed pedestrian bridge is the product of the innovative collaboration of Dutch technology startup MX3D and designers Joris Laarman Lab. With Arup involved as lead structural engineer, MX3D created intelligent software that transforms welding machines into 3-D robotic printers to produce a fully functional steel bridge.
The pedestrian bridge, which is earmarked for completion towards the end of the year, will then be installed on the Oudezijds Achterburgwal, in Amsterdam’s red light district. The bridge will be equipped with a sensor network, allowing the partners to gather data which will be used to build a Digital Twin. This digital twin will be used to develop a new design language for the MX3D Technique.