Just the power of the sun, in this film the true power of the sun can be seen when a small unit is literaly dragged into place and solar panels power a 3D printer, that has a magnifying glass above it to produce enough heat to melt the sand in the tray, this is built up in layers and at the end of it a glass bowl is produced from nothing more than the sand in the Sahara desert, the sun and some cheap common components. The films by Markus Kayser show how the world might just have to rely on the equator areas to produce cheap power, yet the real winner is the simplicity of the machine. The second film is also in the same vain, but a little more tongue in cheek, but the message is very clear. KISS.
You might just ask where the CPD is in all of this, well it down to innovation, could we use this in the UK, Mmmmm I doubt it, but given the power of the sun in this short video, I would not be suprised to find some company using similar tech in say the USA deserts to reproduce it, so there is CPD, its just a little hard to define it, but CPD is here, believe me.
- Architectural Technologist – Vectorworks Plugin Arredo (konstrukshon.com)
- Solar-powered 3D printer creates glass objects by melting sand (geek.com)
- 3D Printing with Solar Energy and Sand (timbuktuchronicles.blogspot.com)
- links for 2011-06-27 (linklink.wordpress.com)
- Solar Sinter uses sand and sun for 3D printing (slashgear.com)