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Sunlight, Sand and Tech Savvy

July 14, 2011

Check out this amazing video of a solar powered sand sculpture 3D printer

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. 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.- Markus Kayser’s Solar Sinter Project 

Speaking of fresh thinking, I think this concept has amazing potential. Scale it up and you can ‘print’ houses. Same programming and circuitry, but a solar concentrator 10 times as big on a frame bigger than the house you’re trying to build. Add a feeder tube to blow sand at an appropriate rate and *insert old school printer noise* you might be able to print a beautiful glass house every day!

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