Sunday, June 26, 2011

solar sinter project

you can make glass by melting sand. here is a video showing markus kayser's fascinating machine that uses energy from the sun to create 3D structures of glass from sand in the sahara desert!

"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 - Solar Sinter Project from Markus Kayser on Vimeo.

6 comments:

heroineworshipper said...

Needs a good supernova to speed it up.

Big Mark 243 said...

LOL@ HW...

I am sitting here watching 'Through the Wormhole' with Morgan Freeman and wondering if you ever seen an episode? Like your blog, it definitely goes over my head but does so in such an unassuming way that I get to stay interested in the subject!

Take care Pixie!!

Pete said...

Hi astropixie

I've sent an email to your gmail.

Pete

skywatcher88 said...

Hi
Now that is thinking outside the box!!!
Cool ! Or rather hot. Any link to the pics of the finished objects that were printed out by Sol?
Peace and Clear Skies!
7718

astropixie said...

skywatcher - i havent seen any photos of the finished objects, but if anyone does, please post a link!

mark - i havent seen an episode yet, but i keep hearing about it. good stuff?

Marty said...

He's the bowl he created with the Solar Sinter.

http://www.markuskayser.com/files/gimgs/4_08img0566w800110615-1.jpg