Solar-powered 3-D printer prints glass from sand

June 29, 2011

Solar Sinter, Siwa, Egypt (credit: Markus Kaiser)

Markus Kaiser’s  solar sintering 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, combining natural energy and material with high-tech production technology.

His work with solar-sintering aims to raise questions about the future of manufacturing and the use of solar energy.

Glass bowl (credit: Markus Kayser)

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