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Amsterdam to build first 3D-printed steel bridge

The iconic canals in Amsterdam.
The iconic canals in Amsterdam. Image by Joan Campderrós-i-Canas / CC BY 2.0

Plans have been unveiled for the world’s first 3D-printed bridge, which will span a canal in Amsterdam. Dutch engineering start up company, MX3D, plans to use robotic printers with arms that can ‘draw’ the steel bridge as it walks over the canal. The robotic arm has so far been used to create small metal structures but the bridge would be the first large-scale use of the technology. Negotiations between the designers and the Amsterdam city council are taking place to secure a site for the project, which they hope will kick off in September with completion by mid-2017. Read more: theguardian.com