It is reported that a Dutch robotics firm named MX3D; printed a 3D functional stainless steel bridge for pedestrians in Amsterdam’s red light district. It took four robots, 9920 pounds of stainless steel and six months of printing to complete the 41-foot-long bridge. MX3D combined an industrial robot, a welding machine, and software to make the 3D printers.
The ambitious project has gone through several iterations in its development to strengthen the structure against potential boat collisions and to follow the practices of the local council's regulations. A “smart sensor network” will also be incorporated in the bridge, in order to access the health of the bridge, all in real time.
The bridge is expected to be installed on the Oudezijds Achterburgwal in Amsterdam's red light district once the renovation of the canal is complete and not later than mid-2019.