Pick of the Week 18

Pick of the Week 18

Solar Sinter
Markus Kayser (London, UK)

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 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.

Editor’s note:
Markus Kayser’s idea on “the Sun-Cutter” is a creative use of production tools and processes. Kayser used two of the most dominant desert resources: sun and sand and performed the experiment in the desert. The whole process is arguably witty and imaginative while drawing questions about contemporary design and its practitioners: “What can technology do for us, and how can we we use technology in a creative way?”

Technical Note :
3D printing, cam-guided system, solar-powered production tool, nature craft

Markus Kayser Web.
Project Brief Web.

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