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Solar Sand Sintering


Image from Material Matters: New Materials in Design, by Philip Howes and Zoe Laughlin.  Black Dog Publishing.  2012.  Pg. 67

Image from Material Matters: New Materials in Design, by Philip Howes and Zoe Laughlin.  Black Dog Publishing.  2012.  Pg. 66

Solar Sand Sintering, developed by Marcus Kayser, is when you collect the suns rays, magnify them, direct the magnified rays onto some sand in a box, and the box moves according to a program in the computer.  Layer after layer of sand is added to the box.  The magnified sun’s rays turn the sand into glass.   

Solar Sintering is a good example of combining two abundant materials (sand and sun) to create a new material that easily extracted from the ground and does little to no damage to the surrounding environment.