How to print a bridge – a MX3D project
“We live in an exiting time. The New Industrial Revolution is in full swing. Everyone can tap into an endless stream of information and we have access to a wide spectrum of high-tech production methods and novel materials. 3D-printing has become a magic word. If its imaginable its possible!”
At the Internet of Things Conference 2015 we had the opportunity to talk to Tim Geurtjens of MX3D about 3D-printing. Geurtjens and his team have recently taken up the ambitious plan to use this technology to print the first steel bridge in the world over one of the oldest canals in the center of Amsterdam. In our interview, Tim Geurtjens explains, how this project will pass off, what the challenges are and what else is possible with 3D-printing.
After a study mechanical engineering, Tim Geurtjens (1976) attended the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2003 where he graduated 4 years later. Since then he has been working as CTO for Joris Laarman Lab, best known for its experimental designs inspired by upcoming technology. Over the last 6 years he developed extensive knowledge of exotic materials and cutting edge technologies, specifically novel digital fabrication methods.
Tim is co-founder of MX3D, a company that developed several large-scale 3D printers that use 6-axis industrial robots. These printers allow them to print very large structures in many different materials such as thermoset plastics, stainless steel or aluminium.