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