An image of a steel bridge is going viral on social media. Users claim that it is the first 3-D printed steel bridge in the Netherlands capital Amsterdam.

Users also claim that the bridge has been made using 4.5 tonnes of steel.



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Fact Check:

The claim is TRUE.

According to APnews.com, the 3-D printed bridge was inaugurated by Dutch Queen Maxima teamed up with a small robot on July 15, 2021 to unveil a steel 3D-printed pedestrian bridge over a canal in the heart of Amsterdam's red-light district. Maxima pushed a green button that set the robot's arm in motion to cut a ribbon across the bridge with a pair of scissors.

The 6-ton structure will be loaded with sensors that researchers at Imperial College London will use to monitor the bridge in real-time and gauge how it reacts to being used by pedestrians.

According to BBC.co.uk, the first-ever 3D printed steel bridge has opened in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. The bridge was created by robotic arms, it is 12 meters long, made of 4500kg of stainless steel, and took six months to print. The structure was carefully transported to its location over the Oudezijds Achterburgwal canal in Amsterdam last week. It was unveiled by Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, who used a robotic arm equipped with scissors to cut the ribbon.

It took four years to develop and make this bridge.

According to a report in dezeen.com, named MX3D Bridge, it was designed by Dutch studio Joris Laarman Lab in collaboration with MX3D, a technology company co-founded by Laarman, and engineering firm Arup. The structure used 4,500 kilograms of stainless steel, which was 3D-printed by robots in a factory over a period of six months before been craned into position over the canal this year. Its curving S-shaped form and balustrades with lattice-style perforations were designed using parametric modeling software.

The official website mx3d.com shows the timeline of the development of the bridge.

Hence, the claim that the image shows 3-D printed steel bridge installed in Amsterdam, Netherlands is TRUE.

Claim Review :   First 3-D printed steel bridge has been unveiled in Amsterdam
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  True

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