An oldie but goodie, a special project by Markus Kayser who is now at the MIT Media Lab working with Nexi Oxman, his work combines technological and biological processes. By merging the two in terms of material process he challenges current methodologies of production and point out new territories.
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 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