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Solar-Powered 3D Printer and Sinter Style Prompt!

Happy Monday,

After doing the research on the Up-Cycled 3D Materials, I stumbled onto a couple of other very interesting methods that print with sustainable materials. I wanted to share one of those ideas to spark the Monday Blues away.

From the wandering genius, Markus Kayser, comes the SolarSinter Project.

SolarSinter

Check out this Printer in Action HERE.

If that picture isn’t enough to wet your Creative Whistle, here is some bowls made from Moroccan-Flavored Sand.

Morocco Flavored Bowls

Between the SolarSinter and the SunCutter (Solar-Powered Cutting Tool) Markus has provided some spectacular building tools that can utilize both Sun and Sand. Of course my mind questioned what else a Solar-Powered SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) system that produces a solar beam of over 1600 °C (2912 °F) can do.

But first, I want to thank Markus for risking the dangers of the desert to prove this fantastic concept. You are a DIY Pioneer.

With that being said, many elements can be melted with this powerful thermal beam. Iron melts at about 1550 °C, Aluminum melts at 770 °C but those are just the pure powdered metals. Alloys melt at lower temperatures and a lot of the most interesting applications would most likely be in the alloy arena.

Useful Alloy Examples

Stainless 18-8 melts at about 1380 °C
Hard steel melts at about 1370 °C
Inconel steel melts at about 1350 °C

Monel melts at about 1320 °C

Easier said then done of course, but I think Markus Kayser’s amazing SolarSinter is just scratching the surface of its capabilities. I want to throw out a challenge to the Hackerspace Community to either contact Markus to see if he is willing to share the design in a true DIY fashion or go out and build your own thermal beam powered SLS.

Hint – Four Large Fresnel Lenses

I am going to end this entry here before I pollute any one’s Prompt Writing with my own ideas.

PROMPT – How would your character utilize the thermal beam power of the SolarSinter. For community good? For purposeful evil? For sibling shenanigans?

Have a Fantastic Monday,

Sir Drewster III

PS – I want to thank 3DPrinter.net for the wonderful ARTICLE that started me down this particular Research Rabbit Hole.

Up-Cycled 3D Printing Materials and PROMPT

Good Morning and Happy Weekend!

I can’t believe it is already May 4th! I wanted to share an amazing development in 3D Printing Materials I ran across last night.

Emerging Objects – can use Paper, Salt, Cement Polymer, Nylon, Wood Pulp, and Acrylic in their 3D Printing Processes.

FROM SITE – That “other direction” is organic and renewable: salt harvested from San Francisco Bay, wood pulp, and clay. Using a standard powder-based 3D printer, they and their students have figured out how to print bricks, components, and furniture using recyclable materials. What does 3D-printed wood look like? Weirdly realistic: it has a faux grain, simply because of the layered printing process. The salt, meanwhile, looks like “solid milk,” to borrow Rael’s words. Shockingly, it’s all super strong, thanks to reinforcement techniques developed in-house—their printed cement is actually stronger than standard stuff. But most importantly? It’s 90% less expensive than current 3D printing technology.

When I read this article I almost pooped myself. I have been trying to figure out a good alternative to dumping the “Brine” solution, a byproduct from Desalination plants, back into the ocean since this process tends to sterilize the surrounding area due to the incredible amounts of salt now in the water.

Since Perforene and other Thin Membrane filters are about to revolutionize the Desalination Plant (making them a very exciting business to start) makes having the ability to 3D Print one of the main byproducts, basically Salt, is incredible.

GeoTUBE Tower – This is one of the Emerging Objects Salt Building partnerships.

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Their idea looks very cool, but simplifying the design process down to basic building blocks that are strong and weather proof, which a Desalination Plant can form on site, would allow the locals to carry away cheap building materials. This would be a massively beneficial way to up-cycle that extra salt while preserving the aquatic life around the plant.

Since most of the 3D Printing methods allow for layering, the different combinations of cheap byproducts allows for an immense range of properties that can be added to the end building material. Salt is not the only thing that is left behind after making clean water. The other materials could also be concentrated and used in this process.

WRITING PROMPT – What would you build with Salt bricks? Have the process of building that structure be the central focus of a quick glimpse inside your character.

Example Question – Does your character build their own structure or would they order it to be assembled?

Have a Wonderful Weekend,

Sir Drewster III