The AVK has presented its prestigious Innovation Awards in three categories at the award ceremony that took place during the trade fair Composites Europe in Stuttgart this week. The awards recognise new and pioneering innovations and place a particular emphasis on sustainability. The jury, comprising experts in the composites industry, were impressed by the high quality of the submissions and selected the winners in three categories: Products and Applications, Processes, and Research and Science.
CEAD, Delft, was the winner in the area of Innovative Processes with its development of an additive manufacturing process, which permits the use of continuous fibres in large components required for industrial applications.
Royal HaskoningDHV, a Netherlands-headquartered engineering consultancy firm, has partnered with global science-based company and material producer DSM, and large-scale 3D printer supplier CEAD to help build a 3D printed bridge.
The three Dutch companies announced that through their partnership, they have designed a lightweight, fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) pedestrian bridge constructed using 3D printing and a composite material, reportedly the first structure of its kind.