THEY 3;D;PRINTED WHAT?
▲ A BRIDGE TO THE FUTURE?
Late last year, Dutch technology firm MX3D set up multiple robots in its
Amsterdam workspace. The automatons slowly began to melt and weld
together steel to make the world’s first 3-D-printed bridge. Scheduled
for completion in 2017, the bridge will one day span the city’s Oudezijds
From offices to cars, 3-D printers are redefining the landscape of construction and manufacturing.
▼ A SMALLER CLAIM TO FAME
Dubai, United Arab Emirates is known for
its large buildings. Covering just 250 square
meters ( 2,691 square feet), the “Office of the
Future” is on the smaller side. Its bragging
right? It was printed and constructed in less
than three weeks, with less than half the labor
cost of conventional buildings of similar size.
The Strati electric car proves that additive manufacturing is on the move. The
3-D-printed vehicle was developed by a
team at U.S. company Local Motors and
is made of fewer than 50 separate parts;
a conventionally built car has about
▼ PRINTOUTS FOR THE OPEN ROAD