Royal, CEAD & DSM design the 3D printed FRP bridge

Royal HaskoningDHV, CEAD and DSM recently announced that they have designed the first lightweight 3D printed FRP pedestrian bridge prototype using a composite material. It consists of a glass-filled thermoplastic PET (Arnite®) and is combined with continuous glass fibers which are added in the 3D printing process. This unique combination offers high strength with extreme versatility and sustainability.

The combination of the companies’ generative design and predictive modeling expertise broadens the design freedom.

Royal HaskoningDHV’s role takes the form of bridge designer, while CEAD developed the largest composite 3D printer and DSM provides the innovative composite material. DSM and CEAD are also working together on predictive modeling to optimize material and printing process.