Lonely Planet Writer

A Madrid park is now home to the world’s first 3D-printed bridge

The world’s first 3D-printed bridge has been installed in a park near Madrid. The Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC)  worked with a team of architects, engineers and the local municipality to create the landmark structure.

3 D printed printed bridge in Alcobendas, Spain.
3 D-printed printed bridge in Alcobendas, Spain. Image by IAAC

The bridge is 12 metres long and 1.75 metres wide, and spans a small river in Castilla-La Mancha park in Alcobendas, a small city just north of Madrid. Its eight parts were printed in micro-reinforced concrete.

‘The 3D printed bridge, which reflects the complexities of nature’s forms, was developed through parametric design, which… optimizes the distribution of  materials and minimizes the amount of waste by recycling the raw material during manufacture,’ said the IAAC.

They also noted that the bridge is ‘a milestone for the construction sector at international level, since, to date, this technology has not been applied in the field of civil engineering.’

 

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