The latest sign that the robots begin to power: they are building a bridge over the Amsterdam channel.
At least this is an ambitious plan for the project, where industrial robots print metal bridge, "drawing" steel structures above water.
Dutch printing company for the robot MX3D preparing construction neglects the law of gravitation.
That's how all this will be done by engineers start the channel bank of entrenched piece of metal. Robots will start in one side of the channel, and by adding small pieces of molten metal, create lines in the air. The lines intersect, creating a self-sustaining structure - in this case the bridge.
"This bridge will show how 3D printing is finally stepping into the large-scale, functional objects in the world," said designer Joris'as Laarmanas.
Now the robots start bridge and the team expects to begin construction of the bridge in 2017. The exact location will be announced later this year.
This technology transforms many prototyping processes a wide range of industries, from aerospace and widespread use of electronics to pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. Technology consultants Lux Research predicts that 3D printing industry in 2025. It will be worth 12 billion dollars.
These devices are growing rapidly in recent years. Amazon Tech30) has a 3D printing shop while Staples sells MakerBot products, as well as the cube of 3D Systems.
But 3D printers are not cheap - MakerBot Replicator Mini sold under $ 1,375.