Sun Cutter: Markus Kayser Creates Brilliant Solar-Powered Laser Cutter

by , 06/30/11

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The machine focuses a ball lens to cut pre-programmed shapes in paper, cardboard, and plywood up to 0.4mm thick. Kayser has also incorporated pre-digital machinery by using a cam system to control the shape of the cut, which is set in motion by a small motor driving a timing belt. The entire process is powered by solar energy.

Developed as part of the design products masters course at the Royal College of Art, Kayser’s amazing work combines environmental consciousness and progressive design. According to Kayser, the Sun Cutter creates “a juxtaposition between the machine-made, repetitive and individual, unique object.”

+ Markus Kayser

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  1. calvin k June 30, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Cool concept!
    It accomplished the same thing (to a extend) that a laser cutter could, but it’s not a laser cutter… since it’s not using actual laser.
    Also I will advice against using those kind of specs as sunglasses, as hipster as they look… because they offer NO PROTECTION at all! Unlike actual sunglasses which attenuate lights evenly across an area, this kind has bands of dark and – unfiltered – bright area. The worse part is your eyes are fooled into thinking it’s darker, thus dilate, and make them more susceptible to damage by the unfiltered bright spots. (on the same token sunglasses with a damaged spot, even tiny, will lose protection at that spot and do worse damage to your eyes)

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