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Reinforced Plastic 3D Printed Footbridge by DSM and Royal HaskoningDHV to Be Installed 2020

Reinforced Plastic 3D Printed Footbridge by DSM and Royal HaskoningDHV to Be Installed 2020

Written by David

July 10, 2020

DSM and engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV will collaborate with the Dutch city of Rotterdam to build a 3D printed circular composite footbridge.

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I was initially extremely skeptical about fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) 3D printed bridges. FRP materials don’t have a very sustainable reputation, since they’re often quite difficult to recycle. Just the idea of a plastic bridge made me incredulous. After having seen a few parts of this bridge by DSM, however, I’ve begun to be more and more convinced that this is something useful and viable.

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What’s more, where 3D printed concrete has a lot of players in it now, 3D printed large scale construction in polymers is a relatively underexposed area. Amid the cutting edge architecture of Rotterdam, the team wishes to place the footbridge in the park Kralingse Bos. The bridge will actually be co-developed with the City of Rotterdam and may even include sensors. […]

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