Joris Laarman - Canal with bridge
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Dutch 3-D printed steel bridge wins STARTS Prize

MX3D and designer Joris Laarman won the STARTS Prize 2018 with their innovative project: 3-D printing a fully functional steel bridge. They won the grand prize in the category 'Innovative Collaboration'. During the WeMakeThe.City festival the MX3D studio in the north of Amsterdam is open for public. 

MX3D developed a ground breaking robotic additive manufacturing technology by constantly exploring new strategies and software solutions for printing a wide range of metal alloys in almost every size and shape. The 12,5 meter long and 6,3 meter wide bridge wil be installed on the canals of the Red Light District in Amsterdam. See this video for the end result. 

The Amsterdam based MX3D studio can be visited on Friday from 12:00-16:00 (closed in August). 


The prestigious START Prize is awarded as recognition for innovative projects at the interface of science, technology and the arts. The STARTS Prize is being awarded by the European Commission. The STARTS Prize competition was once again conducted by Ars Electronica, Bozar and Waag.



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S+T+ARTS Prize has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 956603.