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Incredible Robots 3-D Print a New Bridge in Mid-Air (Video)

Incredible Robots 3-D Print a New Bridge in Mid-Air (Video)

Slate in motion.
June 21 2015 1:01 PM

Bridge Out of Nowhere

How twin robots will 3-D print a bridge over a canal in Amsterdam.

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MX3D, a research and development startup specializing in robotic 3-D print technology, is hoping to construct a bridge over a canal in Amsterdam sometime this September using only two robots. They’d start on either bank and work their way towards each other in the middle, ejecting molten steel as they go, crafting their beams from multiple angles instead of on a more typical horizontal plane.

Jim Festante is an actor/writer in Los Angeles and regular video contributor to Slate. He is the author of the Image Comics miniseries The End Times of Bram and Ben.