Startup Of The Week

Startup Of The Week: MX3D

When Dutch startup MX3D 3D-printed a fully functional stainless steel bridge made from 4,500 kilograms of stainless steel to cross one of the oldest and most famous canals in the center of Amsterdam  in 2021 it required a human being to supervise every step of the way.

MX3D will next week open its second 3D printed bridge in a a new section of the Eastern portion of the city. This time the robots did the job alone, no human supervision required.

While building bridges is just a small part of MX3D’s business they do serve as an apt metaphor. The scale-up, one of hundreds that exhibited their innovations at the Viva Technology conference in Paris June 14-17. is building software and sensors that serve as a bridge to industry 4.0.

The Amsterdam-based company equips typical industrial robots with purpose-built tools and develops the software to control them, allowing the company to 3D print complex structures out of metal that weigh, on average, anywhere from 5 kilos to 2,500 kilos. Customers include France’s Engine, a global energy and services group, German auto maker BMW and Japan’s Shimoda Iron Works.

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About the author

Jennifer L. Schenker

Jennifer L. Schenker, an award-winning journalist, has been covering the global tech industry from Europe since 1985, working full-time, at various points in her career for the Wall Street Journal Europe, Time Magazine, International Herald Tribune, Red Herring and BusinessWeek. She is currently the editor-in-chief of The Innovator, an English-language global publication about the digital transformation of business. Jennifer was voted one of the 50 most inspiring women in technology in Europe in 2015 and 2016 and was named by Forbes Magazine in 2018 as one of the 30 women leaders disrupting tech in France. She has been a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneers judge for 20 years. She lives in Paris and has dual U.S. and French citizenship.