World’s first 3D-printed steel bridge opens in Amsterdam | New Civil Engineer
The world’s first 3D printed steel bridge has opened to the public in Amsterdam.
The pedestrian bridge is a result of a multi-disciplinary team of experts collaborating on the future design of public spaces.
It was printed by robotic arms and equipped with an innovative sensor network, linked to a digital twin computer model that monitors its performance in real-time.
This means that everyone who walks, runs, or cycles over the bridge will generate data, which will help to monitor the bridge’s structure and provide information about how it’s being used.
As a new material, safety is crucial. The in-built sensors will constantly gather data on strain, displacement, vibration, air quality and temperature.