Solar 3D Printing

We just stumbled across this intriguing video by Markus Kayser and were completely blown away.  Everything from the concept, to execution, to the final product is absolutely incredible.  Markus’ inspiring work is the epitome of Experimenting with Nature, and hopefully he will continue to progress this project over time.

Here’s what Markus has to say about the experiment:

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 trigger 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.

This project was developed at the Royal College of Art during my MA studies in Design Products on Platform 13.


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One Response to “Solar 3D Printing”

  1. Tim Clawson September 3, 2011 2:55 pm #


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