The Port of Rotterdam Authority is installing the world’s first 3D-printed steel bollards on the new quay in the Sleepboothaven at Rotterdam Heijplaat. The six bollards are part of a series of twelve 3D-printed bollards that the Port Authority and RAMLAB have co-developed.
The 3D printing of bollards is part of the infrastructure innovation program launched by the Port Authority to improve and increase sustainability in the manufacture and use of quayside hardware through scientific research, innovation, and digitization
Traditionally, our bollards were always made from cast steel to a set design. By applying 3D printing technology, bollards can not only be made faster but they can also be made closer to the location where they are to be installed, which helps make production more sustainable.
The results of external testing show that the new bollards are of at least the same quality as cast steel ones. Eventually, the original shape of the bollards will be redesigned to ensure that in the future they will be stronger and more durable.
The eleven 3D-printed bollards are to be installed on the new quay in the Sleepboothaven and will be used to moor vessels for Broekman Project Services.
RDM Rotterdam at Heijplaat, where Sleepboothaven is also located, is an incubator for the innovative manufacturing industry, where students, the business community, and science work together to build the port of tomorrow. The Sleepboothaven was in need of renovation.