3D-printing research and development firm MX3D is working on an ambitious project that involves creating a 3D-printed bridge across a canal in Amsterdam. The bridge will be printed across the canal using robots that will print their own supports and slowly move across the water, creating the bridge as they go.
The robots will print using steel, with specially designed arms used to heat the steel to 1,500 degrees Centigrade before welding the structure into shape. This will allow for the creation of structures that are complex, strong, durable and functional.
This 3D-printed bridge project is about more than building a bridge itself -- it's about demonstrating how 3D printing technology can actually be used for large-scale and functional projects.