World’s First 3D Printed Bridge Debuts In A Park In Spain
Builders of the pedestrian causeway used computations to build the most eco-friendly, structurally sound bridge
Build a bridge and get over it? More like 3D print a bridge and get over it? Thanks to the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, architecture can now be printed, having done so with a pedestrian bridge in Alcobendas in the Community of Madrid. At 12 meters long and nearly 2 meters wide, the bridge spans over a small river in an urban park and utilizes parametric design in such a way that it optimizes the distribution of materials and minimizes waste. Not only does the design enhance structural performance, so that the bridge can last for years without needing major upkeep, but it also challenges the traditional techniques of architecture, using only the necessary amounts of micro-reinforced concrete.