Aug 10, 2019 | By Luke Tebbutt
Experience Lifestyle & Interiors on WGSN.
Jul 15, 2011
With sustainability a key issue for all design consideration, and the continuing debate around the rises in fuel prices and diminishing natural resources, recent Royal College of Art graduate Makus Keyser’s Solar Sinter project is brilliant, thought provoking and truly resourceful.
Underpinned by a humerous 21st century Mad Max vibe Solar Sinter raises questions about future manufacturing and suggests an idealistic Utopia whereby we can fully utilize the production potential of the worlds most efficient energy source – the sun.
Silica sand, when heated to melting point and allowed to cool, solidifies to glass. Using a large Fresnel lens to focus the beam of sunlight creating high temperatures around 1400-1600 degrees Celsius, the Solar Sinter machine builds up glass in layers inside a box of sand mounted under the lens. Using solar powered motors the machine rotates on its base to ensure the sun is always kept at its optimum level of heat.
Once all the layers have been melted the piece is cooled and then dug up from the sand.
Kayser took his prototype to the desert to test it for two weeks and has created a film to show the potential of his vision for a technologically sustainable future. – Philippa Wagner
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