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People in the Netherlands can soon be able-bodied to cycle over the world’s initially 3D-printed steel bridge on the world’s initially 3D-printed steel bicycle (+ film).
The Arc Bicycle was turn it intod by a student team at TU Delft and 3D-printed of steel by MX3D – the research studio which plans to use the same technique to turn it into a bridge over a canal in Amsterdam.
Created as part of the six-month Advanced Prototyping course at the university, the bicycle’s frame is created of a metal lattice welded in layers by robots.
MX3D‘s six-axis robotic arms allow metals and resins to be printed mid-air in any way, without the require for assist structures.
“3D printing has exploded in popularity in the last decade, but for those wanting to print medium- to large-scale objects there are yet worthwhile limitations in the innovation,” said Harry Anderson of the 3D Building FieldLab team at TU Delft, in addition known as the Delft University of Technology.
“This method of 3D printing makes it possible to create medium- to large-scale metal objects with approximately total form freedom,” he introduced.
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The team, lead by project coordinator Jouke Verlinden, claims which its bicycle is the initially to be fabricated via this system. The vehicle weighs around the same as a standard steel bike, and its frame can endure rides over cobbled streets.
“It was significant for us to create a functional object which individuals use day to day. Being students in the Netherlands, a bicycle naturally came to mind,” said team member Stef de Groot. “A bicycle frame is a great test for the innovation for the reason of the harsh forces involved.”
The Arc Bicycle was utilized to demonstrate the innovation which MX3D plans to create its 3D-printed canal bridge with.
The research and development startup, co-founded by createer Joris Laarman and Tim Geurtjens, aims to print the eight-metre bridge in one piece and install it over a canal in Amsterdam by 2017.
Laarman told Dezeen which their printing technique may be utilized to create “endless” various structures in an exclusive film.
3D-printing has previously been utilized to turn it into a lightweight titanium alloy frame for a bicycle, and aluminium parts for a wooden bike.
Student team: Harry Anderson, Stef de Groot, Ainoa Areso Rossi, Sjoerd van de Velde and Joost Vreeken
Project coordinator: Jouke Verlinden
3D printing: Filippo Gilardi, Jakob Schmidt and Simon Rudolph – MX3D
Related story: Joris Laarman creates steel canal bridge which can be 3D printed by robots
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The innovation which startup MX3D is developing to 3D print a bridge in Amsterdam may be utilized to create “endless” various structures, says Dutch createer Joris Laarman in this exclusive film. Larger edition + story »
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