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Master candidate in Design Products at the Royal College of Art in London, Markus Kayser converted sunlight and sand into glass, which produced a fully automated, solar powered ‘solar sinter’ 3D printer. The machine uses replicatorG open source software and works the same way as a common 3D printer would. The process of heating a…  Read More »




 

 

Master candidate in Design Products at the Royal College of Art in London, Markus Kayser converted sunlight and sand into glass, which produced a fully automated, solar powered ‘solar sinter’ 3D printer. The machine uses replicatorG open source software and works the same way as a common 3D printer would. The process of heating a powder, which in this case is silica sand, to its melting point and letting it cool and solidify into glass (in this case), powers the device to move automatically. ‘Solar Sinter’ uses sun rays, in place of a laser, to heat up the sand particles and by continually sweeping new sand over the previously melted down parts, Kayser built up a 3D product.

Kayser manually tested the device in the Sahara desert in Feburary 2011 before producing the fully computer-driven version. Kayser says, “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. the machine represent[s] the initial significant steps towards what I envisage as a new solar-powered production tool of great potential.” ‘Solar Sinter’ can be seen at the Royal College of Art graduate exhibitions of 2011 up until July 3rd.

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