It only took 3 months to construct. The south-eastern town of Gemert in the Netherlands, has now erected it’s very first 3D Printed bridge using the 3d printing process. A small cycle bridge which has the strength to actually take the weight of 40 trucks, has been an exciting project for Eindhoven University of Technology.

Constructed with 800 layers of reinforced, pre-stressed concrete.  The eight-metre bridge connects two roads across a water-filled ditch and has been tested for safety by the BAM Infra construction company.

“One of the advantages of printing a bridge is that much less concrete is needed than in the conventional technique in which a mould is filled,” it stated on its website. “A printer deposits the concrete only where it is needed.”

The Netherlands are applying the 3D Printing Process in many inovitive ways

This is great news for the Netherlands, who last year used the 3D printing process to print its first building and now seem to be leading this new revolution in terms of 3D innovative technology, along with other countries across the globe, including the USA and China.

Back here in the UK we’re taking a more subdued approach in applying the 3D printing process within our own construction industry. Yet excitingly construction firm Skanska is now printing concrete blocks in conjunction with innovative technology at Loughborough University, which is hoped will be used on big projects in the future such as HS2.

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