The world’s first 3D-printed pedestrian bridge was inaugurated on December 14 in the park of Castilla-La Mancha in Alcobendas, just south of Madrid, Spain. It measures 40-feet-long, and is made up of 8 parts, each one comprised of layers of fused concrete powder micro-reinforced with thermoplastic polypropylene. This was all made possible by Enrico Dini who developed D-Shape, a massive 3D printer that binds sand into layer after layer of solid rock. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
“But the designers didn’t neglect to tip a hat to the ur-architect: nature. The IAAC leveraged parametric modeling to not only reflect the ‘complexities of nature’s forms’ but also optimize the distribution of raw materials,” according to Inhabitat.