Markus Kayser. The Solar-Sinter. 2011

Markus Kayser The Solar-Sinter 2011

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The process of converting a powder into a solid by heating is known as sintering, and it is central in 3D printing—a process by which computer-controlled machines deposit or solidify liquid or powdered resin layer by layer to create a three-dimensional rendering of a digital design. Kayser is interested in the use of natural resources in 3D printing, a counterintuitive step in a technology that is so closely identified with computers, robotics, and synthetic resins. Experiments with solar power led him to the desert environment and the two elements most readily available there: sun and sand, whose silica component solidifies as glass when heated to a melting point and allowed to cool. Kayser tested his first manually operated solar 3D-printing machine in 2011 in the Moroccan desert. He completed a bigger, fully automated, computer-driven version called SolarSinter later that year and tested it in the Sahara. This bowl was produced by the SolarSinter.

Gallery label from Applied Design, March 2, 2013–January 31, 2014.
Medium
Video (color, sound)
Duration
Duration: 6 min., 6 sec.
Credit
Gift of the designer
Object number
1740.2012.2
Department
Architecture and Design

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