A Dutch startup program called MX3D has announced this month that they will be partnering with Autodesk to create a functional steel bridge using 3D printing. The kicker is that the designer of the project, Joris Laarman, has created a method for printing the metal and resins mid air, without the need for a support structure or temporary scaffolding. What is even more incredible is that these bridges are created by a pair of dexterous multi-axis industrial robots that guide themselves while they work!
This allows for the removal of any kind of controlled manufacturing environment and helping additive manufacturing escape a maker space work area. It would also pave the way for removing people from high risk job environments such as areas with a long drops or potential for falling equipment. In this way 3D printing will help to save lives and inspire innovation in a construction environment.
Nichols, Greg. “Dutch Startup to 3D Print Bridge over Canal Using Two Robots | ZDNet.” ZDNet. ZDNet, 23 June 2015. Web. 24 June 2015.