The MX3D Smart Bridge was unveiled recently in the city center of Amsterdam. The first 3D-printed steel bridge is now open to the public in the oldest neighborhood of Amsterdam.
The futuristic multi-award-winning bridge, designed by Joris Laarman Lab with Arup as lead engineer, is now placed over one of the oldest canals in Amsterdam’s red-light district. The installation of the bridge is the culmination of several years of work. MX3D kicked off this project in 2015 when it proposed printing a metal bridge with its innovative large-scale, robotic 3D-printing technology, creating a playful, inspiring example of how digital tools can create a new form language for architectural objects.
The MX3D Bridge is also a ‘living laboratory”. Equipped with a state-of-the-art sensor network, the “Smart Bridge” is powering a cutting-edge research project. The City of Amsterdam will use the bridge’s data streams to explore the role of IoT systems in the built environment.