World’s first 3D printed concrete cycle bridge opened in The Netherlands

World’s first 3D printed concrete cycle bridge opened in The Netherlands

Today world’s first 3D printed reinforced, pre-stressed concrete bridge was opened. The cycle bridge is part of a new road around the village of Gemert, in the Netherlands. It was printed at Eindhoven University of Technology. With the knowledge the researchers gained in this project, they are now able to design even larger printed concrete structures.

Five-ton load
The bridge is the first civil infrastructure project to be realized with 3D-concrete printing. The bridge is 8 meters long (clear span 6.5 meters) and 3.5 meters wide. As it is a ‘worlds first’, the developers did not take any chances and tested the bridge by putting a load of 5 tons on it, which is a lot more than the load the bridge will actually carry.

Thirty years
The bridge has to meet all regular requirements of course. It is designed to do its duty – to carry cyclists – for thirty years or more. With more cycles than people in the Netherlands, it is expected that hundreds of cyclists will ride over the printed bridge every day. It is part of a large road construction project, led by the company BAM Infra, and commissioned by the province of North-Brabant. Continue reading “World’s first 3D printed concrete cycle bridge opened in The Netherlands”

EOS Releases Two Medical Grade Materials for 3D Metal Printing

Manufacturer of 3D metal printers EOS is further expanding its materials portfolio and, consequently, expanding the reach of 3D printing into more and more aspects of our lives. With the company’s new EOS Titanium Ti64ELI and EOS StainlessSteel 316L materials, the company will be able to 3D print new medical-grade metal parts. Continue reading “EOS Releases Two Medical Grade Materials for 3D Metal Printing”