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”

Z3Dlab Introduces New Additive Manufacturing Titanium Ceramic Material for Selective Lazer Melting

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”

Carbon3D introduces CLIP, breakthrough technology for layerless 3D printing

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”

E-Appliance: EnvisionTEC Announces Release of New 3D Printing Material for Orthodontics

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”