Markus Kaysers Solar-Powered 3D-Sand-Printer

Sehr schicke Projekte von Markus Kayser: Der Solar Sinter ist ein 3D-Drucker, der mit Solarenergie betrieben wird und Glasobjekte ausdruckt. Das Teil ist der Nachfolger seines Sun Cutters, einem „Laser“-Cutter, der mit fokussiertem Sonnenlicht arbeitet.

Solar Sinter:
(Vimeo Direktsolar, via Fefe)

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.

Sun Cutter:
(Vimeo Direktsun)

The sun cutter project explores the potential of harnessing sunlight directly to produce objects. the machine is a low-tech, low energy version of a laser cutter. it uses pure sunlight, focused by a ball lens, to repeatedly cut programmed shapes in up to 0.4mm thick plywood as well as paper and card. The project also explores the merit of analogue mechanized production that draws on the machine technology found in pre-digital machinery and automaton. it uses a cam system, moving an x & y- board to control the shape of the cut. the cams are set into synchronized motion by a small solar-powered motor driving a timing belt.

Each pair of sunglasses made, even though very similar in shape, is still unique, creating a juxtaposition between the machine-made, repetitive and individual, unique object.