A town called Gemert in the Netherlands just became home to the first 3D-printed cycling bridge ever. It took its creators at Eindhoven University three months and 800 layers to complete the 26-foot-long bridge, but now it's open and ready to support hundreds of cyclists a day.
The researchers had to develop a new 3D printing technique that uses steel reinforcement cables to create pre-stressed concrete. Once they were done laying out all its layers, they tested the bridge by placing a five-ton weight on top of it. Their efforts paid off: while they'll surely improve the method even more, they believe they're now capable of using the technique to build even bigger structures.
Printing out concrete has a number of advantages over typical techniques. To start with, it can form any shape, since it's not limited by molds. Further, anything made using the method might be finished a lot quicker, since it doesn't require the construction of formware structures to give shape to concrete.
This method is much more environmentally friendly than typical methods, since it only deposits concrete where it's needed and doesn't waste cement. Since cement production is characterized by high carbon dioxide emissions due to the extreme heat it requires, reducing the amount of concrete needed will also reduce the CO2 generated per structure.
If the technique can be refined further to build just about anything we want more quickly, who wouldn't want to use a method that can also help our planet? The researchers still have to create more experimental structures like this, though, and are in fact they are currently working on printing five houses, which will eventually be lived in.
This lovely lady helped me test model the #3Dprinted#eyemasks I came up with for this weekend's workshop. Hoping the high school girls this year will get a kick out of my #Halloween themed #3dprinting projects I came up with. As always, teaching these in @adskfusion360. @chicktechpdx @chicktechorg ,
And I realize the lack of consistent sleep the last few weeks is making my eyes puffy, hahaha.
Got my (signed) copy • Additive Manufacturing of Metals: The Technology, Materials, Design and Production • authored by Li Yang, Keng Hsu, Brian Baughman, Don Godfrey, Frank Medina, Mamballykalathil Menon, and Soeren Wiener • #additivealison
A video of the amazing skull chandelier. Finished after 4 days of printing and it looks amazing! It's almost 2kg of filament and the light pours out through the mouth. Thank you to @thecreatorx3d For a great high quality model. Support his @patreon if you want the stl file! Details in his bio.
3D printed Normal spinal anatomy at half life size compared to an osteoarthritis-affected life sized section of the spine. Crystals have been grown on the life sized section to mimic the bony growths that grow on our spines as we age. This is another piece that was created during my artists residency at area515