In a new example of how China is becoming one of the most technologically advanced countries, today we are shown the latest creation of the Shanghai University College of Architecture and Urbanism where, as you can see, no less than two bridges have been built by 3D printing.
First of all we have to talk about a bridge, as it has transcended, about Meters long 11 end-to-end that stretches over a garden to allow pedestrians to walk over a small stream of water. For its part, a second unit of Meters long 4 that stands out for the absence in its architecture of stairs.
China already has its first two 3D printed bridges
Something very remarkable, at least in terms of design, is that these bridges are more a show of how in China they are already capable of using technologies such as 3D printing although, for now, they cannot cope with the advanced techniques of countries like Spain or Holland. Proof of what I say is that, apparently, pedestrians will not be able to walk on these bridges despite the fact that, according to their creators, can support the weight of up to 5 adults.
Going into a little more detail, for the manufacture of both bridges the engineers in charge of their architecture decided to use the Kuka robot arm and a custom 3D printing module to test their reliability. I know they have needed about 360 hours of uninterrupted work in order to be able to manufacture all the parts that make up both bridges for, later and during a working day, to proceed to their assembly.
Although it seems that in terms of the manufacture of bridges by 3D printing, China may be one step behind the rest of the powers, the truth is that we must not forget that houses are already being manufactured in the country using this technology.