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“Bridging the innovation gap”
GIJS VAN DER VELDEN
CEO and Co-Founder of MX3D
MX3D, a Dutch technology start-up, inaugurated the world’s ﬁrst robotic 3D printed bridge in Amsterdam in July 2021. As an R&D partner on this groundbreaking project, Air Liquide contributed its welding and additive manufacturing expertise, along with ARCAL™ shielding gases.
“Air Liquide was a logical partner because we were not welding specialists and we were looking for expertise for this pioneering project. Beyond the supply of gas, the R&D teams accompanied us in the early stage by deﬁning some general rules of thumb for using the protective gas. They also supported us with the rules, regulation and installation when setting up our factory. Thanks to them, we were able to develop much faster. They made a point of advancing the project without trying to be secretive of their technology or knowledge. That’s the deﬁnition of open innovation.”