Last year a Chinese company built 10 houses within 24 hours using a 3D printer. By lowering labor and material costs, the technology is revolutionizing construction.
Now a Dutch construction company plans to use Autodesk software and multiaxis robots to mold metal into forms for a walkway over the Amsterdam Canal. Construction is scheduled to begin this fall.
“This bridge will show how 3D printing finally enters the world of large-scale, functional objects and sustainable materials while allowing unprecedented freedom of form," says the structure's designer. "It's a beautiful metaphor to connect the technology of the future with the old city in a way that brings out the best of both worlds.”