Manufacturing glass like objects with 3D printing technology

3D printing technology can be use to manufacturing glass like objects. In this process, it’s converting a powdery substance via a heating process into a solid form is known as sintering. Some existing 3D printers are already using laser technology to create very precise 3D objects from a variety of powdered plastics, resins, metals like materials. Sand and solar energy are widely available natural sources in the desert environment. With combining those natural sources, it’s possible to make glass like objects and using almost 100% free energy and sand as raw material. If the sun can produce enough heat rays to melt sand to the melting point and allow to cool, when it’s solidifies it become a glass like object. The 3D objects being the exact physical counterparts of the computer-drawn 3D designs entered by the designer.

This sand 3D printing machine using the sun’s energy rays instead of a laser and sand instead of resins or powder material. This sand 3D printer is a new innovation for solar-powered machine and production process for making glass objects that taps into the abundant supplies of sun and sand to be found in the deserts of the world.

Melting sand to the melting point with sun’s heat energy

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Product build with sand and sun’s heat rays 3D printer
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Markus Kayser’s Sun powered sand 3D printing machine

One of the genius guy built a machine for this purpose. His name is Markus Kayser and was born in Germany. He has studied 3D Furniture and Product Design at London Metropolitan University from 2004 – 2008 and continued till 2009 with the study of Product Design at the Royal College of Art and gained his Masters in 2011. In a world increasingly concerned with questions of energy production and raw material shortages, his project explores the potential of desert manufacturing, where energy and material occur in profusion.

In his experiment sunlight and sand were used as raw energy and material to produce glass objects, and using a 3D printing process, that combines natural energy and material with 3D printing technology.

In August 2010, he made his first solar powered 2D cutting machine. He named this machine as “The Sun Cutter” . This machine was a solar-powered, semi-automated low-tech laser cutter, that used the power of the sun to drive it and directly harnessed its rays through a glass ball lens to ‘laser’ cut 2D components using a cam-guided system.

Markus’s first manually-operated solar-sintering machine was tested in February 2011 in the Moroccan desert. He has completed his fully automated The Solar-Sinter 3D printer and tested in Sahara desert near Siwa, Egypt. This machine was equipped with automated sun tracking system and 3D printing technology.


Markus Kayser’s Sun powered sand 3D printing machine
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Sand and Sun’s heat rays 3D printing machine experimenting in the Sahara desert
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