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.
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.
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”
Continuing the global success of the “French Tech”, the start-up Z3DLAB created in January 2014, a specialist in metal additive manufacturing, is pinning its strategy in the development of new materials.
The company has validated a patent for the development of a new composite Titanium / Zirconia: ZTi-Powder®.
It combines the Zirconia’s hardness with Titanium’s malleability. It is 100% inert and 50% stronger than Titanium and withstands over 1000°C and at the same time is extremely light.
ZTi-Powder® combined with the SLM technology will create a huge range of unexplored opportunities Continue reading “Z3Dlab Introduces New Additive Manufacturing Titanium Ceramic Material for Selective Lazer Melting”
Shapeways announced their newest material, Frosted Extreme Detail, and it’s essentially the same resin–and uses the same printer–as their Frosted Ultra Detail (FUD) but features detail nearly twice as fine as FUD. They call it FXD for short, and it 3D prints in 16 micron layers … Continue reading “Shapeways Rolls Out Frosted Extreme Detail 3D Printing Material”
A joint research team from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and theMassachusetts Institute of Technology has drawn inspiration from fish scales to create a radical material which balances outstanding anti-penetration characteristics with flexibility. Continue reading “Revolutionary Bio-Inspired Material Features Superior Anti-Penetration Properties and Flexibility”
Polyether Ether Ketone (PEEK) is a high-performance, colorless polymer thermoplastic semi-crystalline, resistant to many chemicals and featuring excellent mechanical properties. PEEK is used in medical implants, aerospace, and motorsports applications. Continue reading “German Firm INDMATEC Offer Breakthrough PEEK FDM 3D Printing Filament”
Researchers have developed a new desktop device that quickly turns plastic waste into raw material needed for 3D printing. Called ProtoCycler, the machine can grind plastic, such as pop bottles and Lego, and melt it into a filament that can be fed into 3D printers. Continue reading “New Device Turns Plastic Into 3D-Printing Material”
Carbon3D today emerged from stealth on the main stage of the TED conference with an innovative approach to polymer-based 3D printing that promises to advance the industry beyond basic prototyping to 3D manufacturing. The new Continuous Liquid Interface Production technology (CLIP) harnesses light and oxygen to continuously grow objects… Continue reading “Carbon3D introduces CLIP, breakthrough technology for layerless 3D printing”
As soon as you think one engineer, designer, or scientist has blown your mind surely at the final edge of this new frontier, someone new comes along with something like Filimprimante3D’s modular 3D prints which make use of the new flexible 3D filament popular in the 3D printing marketplace. Continue reading “Create Flexible 3D Prints by Embedding Steel Rods for Modular 3D Models (VIDEO)”
If you have ever wondered how 3D printer filament is made for 3D printers you are sure to the interested in a new video that has been created by MAKE in an interview with filament maker at Maker Geeks, Joshua Smith. Continue reading “How 3D Printer Filament Is Made (VIDEO)”
Lately 3D printing and the dental industry go together like peanut butter and jelly—and with strides being made one after another for 3D printing technology and materials in areas like dentures, different orthodontics, surgical procedures, and implants, you can be assured with innovations for the dental field, Continue reading “E-Appliance: EnvisionTEC Announces Release of New 3D Printing Material for Orthodontics”