DSM is an international nutritional science company and materials maker. It is working with Royal HaskoningDHV and the City of Rotterdam, a Netherlands-situated engineering consultancy company to additively manufacture a footbridge from a reusable source of stuff.
It is scheduled to be set up at the buzzing Kralingse Bos park district in the green heart of Rotterdam. The overpass will be the premier to use FRPs, fiber-reinforced thermoplastics for this cause. It is scheduled for opening by the end of this year (2020) the firms are directing the construction as the initial in a fresh set of “next-generation” additively manufactured sustainable flyovers.
“The city of Rotterdam is proud to be a leader in the smart and circular use of composite bridges,” states Mozafar Said, Asset Manager from the City of Rotterdam. “Together with Royal HaskoningDHV and DSM, we are continuing to push the frontiers of sustainability for bridges, using thermoplastics which will enable greater circularity.”
Located in Heerlen, the Dutch city, and referred to as a producer of additive manufacturing stuff, DSM has usually gotten into collaborations so as to grow the abilities of its stuff. For example, in a partnership with vehicle maker Toyota in 2017, the firm created its Somos Taurus variety of stuff. The plastics, which showed attributes that were only formerly producible in SLS and FFF techniques, were utilized by Toyota to prototype pieces for its race vehicles.
This was accompanied by agreements with Digital Composite Manufacturing (DCM) firm Fortify and AM startup Origin in 2019, to make fresh AM materials. Also, the photopolymers of DSM were enhanced for the programmable P3 AM platform of Origin. This was as a section to the deal. Additionally, partnerships with British supercar maker Briggs Automotive Company (BAC), and afterwards AM engineering and consulting company JuggerBot 3D, proved the ambition of the firm to grow the apps of its items into the latest sectors. From there onwards, DSM has started working jointly with Royal HaskoningDHV.
In 2019, the firms announced their intentions to work together on Rotterdam’s overpass project. They announced plans to collaborate on the digital workflow platform of DSM. Royal HaskoningDHV assisted to make the software, and served as a lead client, as DSM served with 6 startups to create the stage. So, the Dutch duotone will take further action in their partnership, and start making the inventive fresh sustainably-sourced construction in Rotterdam.
“We announced the prototype of this circular composite bridge in 2019 and with the vision and support of our partners DSM and the City of Rotterdam we can now take this one step further,” explained Maurice Kardas, Business Development Manager at Royal HaskoningDHV.
“This is a step change which signifies a collective effort to bring innovation from idea to realization, and ushers in a new era of sustainable design and bridge functionality.”