The Solar Sinter by Markus Kayser

Video by Markus Kayser


Were really blown away by this video of the The Solar Sinter, a 3D-printing machine that uses sunlight and sand to make glass objects in the desert by German designer Markus Kayser. Kayser developed the project while studying on the MA Design Products course at the Royal College of Art. The Solar Sinter was also exhibited at this years Royal College of Art graduate exhibition.

Here’s more information about the Solar Sinter from Markus Kayser:

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.

Solar-sintering aims 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. Whilst not providing definitive answers, this experiment aims to provide a point of departure for fresh thinking.

We think it’s Amazing to see our natural resources harvested in this way – making Something out of nothing using nothing (renewable energy) – it just makes the mind boggle! Plus the possibilities are endless. A very innovative project – no doubt we’ll be hearing more on this very subject in the near future. Well done Mr Kayser, keep up the good work!

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