Dutch company Heijmans hopes 3D printing a bridge will encourage more to allow design and construction to operate hand-in-hand.
June 18, 2015
by John Vibes, True Activist
AMSTERDAM — A new bridge is being planned in Amsterdam that will be constructed by robots and utilize a 3D printing technology. The project will be completed by Heijmans, the Dutch company responsible for building the solar roadway and other revolutionary projects that are creating positive change.
Jurre van der Ven, Heijmans’ Innovation Manager recently explained how this idea could change how large building projects like bridges are constructed.
“Construction and design are currently rather separate factors in construction – the architect designs something and the constructor interprets the design and builds what he thinks is needed, but using 3D printing for a bridge makes design and construction operate hand-in-hand. For instance, both activities are done at the same time, instead of first building the structure and then adding the design later. This means we will also have to start looking at design in a completely different manner,” Jurre van der Ven said.
Joris Laarman, one of the designers, said that the project was a “fantastic metaphor for connecting the technology of the future with the city’s historic past, in a way which would reveal the best aspects of both worlds.”
A location has not yet been set for the bridge, but it will definitely be built somewhere in Amsterdam.
John Vibes writes for True Activist and is an author, researcher and investigative journalist.