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The Solstice Bridge is designed by Cyrus Clark, an architect for the city of Amsterdam. The pedestrian bridge spans 30 meters long over the Oostenburgervaart, a canal on the east side of the city centre. The search for a uniquely defining design element led to the concept of 360 subtly different handrail balustrade poles, each one slightly different from the previous one in a transitioning motion.
The handrails are 3dprinted using WAAM , the large quantity of all different poles made this and ideal fit for the MX3D industrial 24/7 3D printing capability.
MX3D 3D printed a fully functional stainless steel bridge to cross one of the oldest and most famous canals in the centre of Amsterdam.
The MX3D Bridge is designed by Joris Laarman Lab and engineered by Arup, additional expertise were provided by ArcelorMittal, Autodesk, Heijmans, Lenovo, ABB, Air Liquide & Oerlikon, Plymovent, and TU Delft. The municipality of Amsterdam is the first customer of our collaborative bridge-building department.
Takenaka project shows the progress in the production of highly customized and engineered steel connectors using robotic WAAM, with the goal to automate both the design and production of complex components for large structures in the architecture industry.
The Duplex stainless steel Connector’s net weight is 40Kg reaching up to 45Kg after its hollow core was filled with approximately 2.5 liters of mortar.
A set of optimized metal trusses has been 3D-printed with robotic WAAM based on an end-to-end framework for additive manufacturing by the INTEGRADDE consortium. The optimization-initiated workflow incorporates detailed design and FE verification steps performed prior to additive manufacturing with robotic Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM).
Together with the INTEGRADDE partners, MX3D has developed an innovative production strategy of continuous and integral control of the WAAM process, from product design to final verification, in-line quality assurance for the manufacturing of certified metal parts, and addressing mass customization manufacturing approach
Together with the European Space Agency (ESA) and Skidmore, Owings & Merril (SOM), MX3D developed and produced a 1:1 scale, optimized, 3D printed floor structure for the LunarVillage.
It shows the potential of our robotic WAAM technology to create approved, lightweight & complex structures. Now even faster and more reliable due to our in-process MetalXL Control System.
MX3D, with a proven record of working with designers, offers multiple print solutions and strategies to support and enhance their ideas. The print strategy extends from line printing, dot printing, and mesh to explore the best use of material, technology, and textures for the designer’s geometry and wishes.
With over 20,000 kg of metal 3D printed objects and over 57 man-years of experience since 2014, MX3D is the company that manages the quality of design for various materials including bronze, aluminum, and stainless steel.
MX3D offers a wide range of manual or robotic finishing, such as sandblasting, polishing, painting, coating, milling, and grinding.
To ensure the safety and quality of fully printed structures such as the MX3D Bridge and Takenaka’s Structural Steel Connector, the parts undergo rigorous testing by MX3D’s partners such as Imperial College London, Bologna University, and Lloyd’s Register (LRQA).
MX3D produces parts with similar or higher mechanical properties comparable to those of cast or wrought material. By adopting international standards, MX3D manages the quality of parts for various industries and applications.
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