Royal HaskoningDHV, CEAD and DSM have announced that they designed the first lightweight 3D printed pedestrian bridge prototype using a composite material FRP. It consists of a glass-filled thermoplastic PET (Arnite®) and is combined with continuous glass fibres which are added in the 3D printing process. This unique combination offers high strength with extreme versatility and sustainability.

The 3 companies collaborating are leading a revolution in bridge construction and design. To build a 3D printed bridge Royal HaskoningDHV, an international engineering & project management consultancy, partnered with DSM, a global science-based company in nutrition, health and sustainable living and pioneer in 3D printing materials, and CEAD, supplier of 3D printing equipment on the frontier of large scale composite additive manufacturing.

Maurice Kardas, Business Development Manager at Royal HaskoningDHV commented: “This partnership is bringing about a paradigm shift in the way we think about the form and function of bridges in our society.

The project becomes a great example of how leading companies in the Netherlands are cooperating to be at the forefront in the transition towards circularity – one that is innovative and competitive in transforming bridge construction for the future. Royal HaskoningDHV has developed the bridge design, while CEAD developed the largest composite 3D printer and DSM provides innovative composite materials. DSM and CEAD are also working together on predictive modelling to optimise material and printing process.