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A tale of two smart bridges: 3D-printing intelligent infrastructure
Class ID: CI501471
Product(s): Forge, Fusion 360
Topics: 3D Printing, Advanced Manufacturing, Digital Twin, Generative Design, Smart Cities

Session Description

Autodesk Research has helped deliver a number of pieces of smart, 3D-printed infrastructure, over the last few years. Our work started with instrumenting a raised walkway in Autodesk's Pier 9 office in San Francisco, a precursor to the iconic MX3D smart bridge project that was installed this year in Amsterdam. This has led to a fruitful collaboration with Dar Al-Handasah, creating a 2-meter long smart bridge containing embedded fiber-optic sensors that can report its strain in real-time. This session explores the details of these important projects and considers how this type of process might influence the future of smart infrastructure.

Learning Objectives

  1. Know more about the 3D-printing processes used to construct the MX3D and Dar Smart Bridges.
  2. Learn about the various technologies used to instrument smart bridges by Autodesk Research.
  3. See how Autodesk Forge can be used to visualize sensor data in tools such as Project Dasher.
  4. Understand the opportunities afforded by adopting smart infrastructure, as well as some of the challenges.

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