Turing researchers collaborates with MX3D in Amsterdam

The bridge has been 3D printed using robotic technology. Image: Olivier de Gruijter

Researchers from The Alan Turing Institute-Lloyd’s Register Foundation programme in data-centric engineering have collaborated with MX3D, an Amsterdam-based start-up, on plans to design, build and install the world’s largest 3D printed structure across a canal in Amsterdam.

The project has reached a major milestone with the 3D robotically printed span of the bridge complete and revealed to the public.

The role of the Turing in this innovative project has been to bring together a team of structural engineers, mathematicians, computer scientists and statisticians to undertake material testing on the 3D printed steel, and to build a vast sensor network on the bridge to monitor the bridge’s health during the tests and after its final placement.

Scientists from the Steel Structures Research Group at Imperial College London have led on the research to undertake structural testing on the 3D printed steel.