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June 24, 2011 AT 7:06 pm

3D printer use sun as power and sand as source material

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‘Solar Sinter’ by Markus Kayser is a solar powered 3D printer that uses sand as source material

Amongst the wonderful collection of work currently on show at the Royal College of Art, in the corner on the first floor sits an installation/object by Markus Kayser called Solar Sinter. An MA Design Products student project, Solar Sinter is probably one of the most inspiring projects this year, aiming to raise questions about the future of manufacturing and triggers dreams of the full utilisation of the production potential of the world’s most efficient energy resource – the sun.

In a world increasingly concerned with questions of energy production and raw material shortages, this project explores the potential of desert manufacturing, where energy and material occur in abundance. In this experiment sunlight and sand are used as raw energy and material to produce glass objects using a 3D printing process, that combines natural energy and material with high-tech production technology.

Thanks Ewan!


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4 Comments

  1. when a bowl comes out of that thing it will be awesome

  2. I love this. Not sure it’s totally practical in its current form, but I’m not sure practicality really matters for something this cool. And whether its current form is practical or not, it’s a great proof-of-concept for what can be done with solar energy.

    I would love to see the resulting creations after they’re cleaned up a bit, or perhaps polished in some way.

    Anyway, thanks for sharing this. Very cool!

  3. @matt: Check their website. One of the videos shows it making a bowl.

  4. @Inventorjack

    well then… this is awesome!! šŸ˜€

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