3D printing has been largely confined to hobby projects up until now, but Dutch 3D printing firm MX3D has recently begun its biggest project to date, a record-breaking bridge that proves the value of 3D printed beyond the confines of sculptures and tchotchkes. The metal bridge will span 12 meters, crossing Amsterdam's Oudezijds Achterburgwal canal in the heart of the historic city.
MX3D's project, once completed, will become the first ever 3D-printed metal bridge in the world. Concept bridges have been printed before, but the upcoming Amsterdam span will be the first to be able to support substantial loads. The bridge will serve cyclists and pedestrians, and its performance will be monitored by The Allen Turing Institute to gain information for bridges to be built in the future.