Who we are

We are MX3D, a company that develops groundbreaking robotic 3D print technology. In 2014 we invented a multiple axis 3D printing tool. We equipped an industrial robot with an advanced welding machine and developed software to control it. What distinguishes our technology from traditional 3D printing methods is that we work according to the ‘printing outside the box’ principle. By printing with 6-axis industrial robots, we are no longer limited to a square box in which everything happens and because we print in materials like steel we can print without the need for support structure.

What we do

In architecture, joint elements are often used to build for instance the frame of a façade or building. Digitally produced elements like structural nodes could give an unprecedented freedom of form because they are able to vary in all different shapes and sizes. They are even more advantageous when they become cost- and material efficient at the same time.

With a small team of engineers and students we are going to do research on ‘smart’ nodes that have the most optimal balance between (cost) efficiency and constructional possibilities. They should lead to beautiful building structures. At the Campus we will share an inventory of what has been done in the world of nodes so far and work on our own node. We are going to produce many different nodes and will showcase our printing technology to the public, as well as to our neighbors at FabCity.


Source: MX3D / Adriaan de Groot

Why we are here:

We want to inspire and be inspired. We want to think about and work on our future city. These two months on the campus give us the opportunity to show our added value and the way our product can contribute to expanding our new city. And it’s a perfect place for us to test our concept of locally printing these nodes.

What we want:

We are at the beginning of a revolution: digital design and fabrication are changing rapidly. The possibilities are endless. We strongly believe in the future of digital manufacturing and local production, in “the new craft”. To test all facets of this promising printing technique we announced last year that we are going to print a fully functional steel bridge. The bridge is being designed by Joris Laarman Lab for the city of Amsterdam over one of its oldest canals. At our building site at the NDSM shipyard we are busy developing the Bridge Project, but are also exploring other possibilities of 3d printing on an architectural scale like the research on these nodes and how 3D printing finally enters the world of large-scale, functional objects and sustainable materials while allowing unprecedented freedom of form.

More information & contact

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