July 18, 2011

‪SIGGRAPH 2011 Video Preview‬‏

Three minutes of fascinating advances, narrated by Adobe’s Adam Finkelstein:

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Solar-powered 3D printing with sand

If you thought yesterday’s 3D printing example was even remotely cool, you must see the “Solar Sinter,” below. The clip unfolds slowly, offering that deserty “my brain’s cooking in my skull” sense of time, but it’s worth the wait.

“By using the sun’s rays instead of a laser,” writes creator Markus Kayser, “and sand instead of resins, I had the basis of an entirely new 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.”

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