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Solar-Powered 3D Printer Turns Desert Sand Into Glass Bowls and Sculptures

Posted By Lori Zimmer On March 19, 2014 @ 4:00 pm In Environment,Green Technology,Innovation,News,Solar Power | 9 Comments

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The Solar Sinter is made up of seven stations: a photovoltaic panel [1], the focal point for drawing the sun’s rays, a sun tracker, fresnel lens (for magnifying the rays), a battery, controlling electronics, and finally a silver tent dubbed the “office,” where Kayser can shield himself from the hot sun, while monitoring the process. Dragging the mini-station far into the desert, Kayser utilizes the abundant natural energy. The 3D printer has the capability of creating any shape, be it bowls, sculptures and even furniture. The machine is able to turn a remote desert area [2] into a high-tech production facility for high-end design.

Inside the solar powered [3] 3D printer, the sands of the desert replace traditional resin in the production process. The sands are melted and molded into varying shapes using the 3D printer. The entire process is as beautiful as the objects themselves, beautifully glowing and transforming as the sands melt together, evoking footage of the birth of stars in space.

Kayser is dedicated to creating projects that seek to prove the possibilities that lay in the use of solar [4] and desert production, and above all, its endless supply of raw solar power [5]. His previous project, Sun Cutter, used the sun’s rays to make delicate cuts in wood, like a fine laser.

+ Markus Kayser [6]

Via Engadget [7]

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URLs in this post:

[1] photovoltaic panel: http://inhabitat.com/voltaic-unveils-a-solar-charger-case-for-the-eco-minded-ipad-user/

[2] remote desert area: http://inhabitat.com/google-ups-research-development-to-make-solar-cheaper-than-coal/

[3] solar powered: http://inhabitat.com/qsolar-kristal-colored-solar-panels-could-replace-walls-and-windows/

[4] solar: http://inhabitat.com/white-house-fails-to-put-up-solar-panels-by-their-own-deadline/

[5] endless supply of raw solar power: http://inhabitat.com/video-gemasolar-plant-in-spain-is-the-worlds-first-24hr-solar-plant/

[6] + Markus Kayser: http://www.markuskayser.com

[7] Engadget: http://www.engadget.com/2011/06/26/solar-sinter-solar-powered-3d-printer-turns-sand-into-glass-ren/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+weblogsinc%2Fengadget+%28Engadget%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

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