3D Printed Bridge

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.

3D Printed Bridge
3D Printed Bridge
3D Printed Bridge
3D Printed Bridge

“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.