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1907

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About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is a university that aims to benefit society through excellence in science, engineering, medicine, and business.

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London, England, SW7 2AZ,

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Amsterdam’s first 3D printed walkway revealed to the public: NPR

Aug 27, 2021

Ana Fernandez / SOPA Images / LightRocket via Getty The nearly 40-foot 3D-printed pedestrian bridge designed by Joris Laarman and built by Dutch robotics company MX3D was inaugurated in Amsterdam six years after the project began. The bridge, which was made from stainless steel rods by six-axis robotic arms fitted with welding equipment, spans the Oudezijds Achterburgwal in Amsterdam’s red light district. Ana Fernandez / SOPA Images / LightRocket via Getty After four years of planning and research, the world’s first 3D printed walkway was recently opened to the public in Europe. The nearly 40-foot bridge, unveiled last month, was built by Dutch company MX3D and will serve as a “living laboratory” in downtown Amsterdam. Researchers and engineers at Imperial College London were able to 3D print the bridge, which now serves pedestrians and cyclists crossing Amsterdam’s Oudezijds Achterburgwal canal. “A 3D printed steel structure large and strong enough to handle foot traffic has never been built before,” Leroy Gardner, professor at Imperial College London, said in a press release. A 12-meter, 3D-printed pedestrian bridge designed by Joris Laarman and built by Dutch robotics company MX3D was inaugurated in Amsterdam six years after the start of the project. Ana Fernandez / SOPA Images / LightRocket via Gett hide caption Ana Fernandez / SOPA Images / LightRocket via Gett A 12-meter, 3D-printed pedestrian bridge designed by Joris Laarman and built by Dutch robotics company MX3D was inaugurated in Amsterdam six years after the start of the project. Ana Fernandez / SOPA Images / LightRocket via Gett The designers first created the concept of the bridge in 2015, with the aim of creating an “exceptionally efficient structure,” emphasizing both simplicity and safety, according to Popular Mechanics. “We tested and simulated the structure and its components throughout the printing process and upon completion, and it’s fantastic to see it finally open to the public,” Gardner said. Now that the bridge is unveiled, researchers at Imperial College London will begin collecting real-time data to monitor its behavior in foot and cycle traffic. “Research into this new technology for the construction industry has enormous potential for the future,” said Imperial College London co-contributor Dr Craig Buchanan. “It has been fascinating and we are delighted that the structure is now ready for use. ”

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Imperial College London has filed 3 patents.

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  • Biosensors
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