3d Printer Bridge

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How Robots Are Building a 3D-Printed Metal Bridge in Amsterdam 1) Title Slide 2) Article Information 3) Key Terms and Vocabulary * MX3D – is a company that researches and develops robotic 3D print technology. * Selective Laser Melting (SLM) - is a manufacturing process that uses 3D CAD data as a digital information source and energy in the form of a high-power laser beam, to create three-dimensional metal parts by fusing fine metal powders together. * Welding - is a fabrication or sculptural process that joins materials, usually metals or thermoplastics, by causing fusion, which is distinct from lower temperature metal-joining techniques such as brazing and soldering, which do not melt the base metal. * Autodesk - is the California-based software company behind AutoCAD, a computer-aided design software that helps architects and engineers model real-world objects in the digital sphere.

4) What is this 3D Printed Metal Bridge?
The 3D printer bridge, which is on track to be completed by 2017, is one of MX3D creations. The bridge will be constructed entirely by robots that can "print" complex steel objects in midair. The bots are like mechanical, welders that melt together layer upon layer of steel to form a solid object.

It's the first time that Tim Geurtjens (The Co-founder and chief of MX3D) and his colleagues are designing and building a bridge using this printing technology. Until now, the company was mainly using its robots to build free-form sculptures and giant pieces of furniture. This is a great way to show that its version of 3D printing is extremely useful for making all kinds of things in the real world.

To build the bridge, the bots will move along a specially designed track, printing a section of the bridge and then rolling along the track over that new section to print the next section. Because the…...

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