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Design of a solar sand printer

Rietema, M.J. (2013) Design of a solar sand printer.

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Abstract:The report describes the designing and the building of a solar sand printer at the Working Group on Development Techniques (in Dutch: Werkgroep OntwikkelingsTechnieken; WOT). However there is already an example of a working sand printer on solar energy from artist Markus Kayser, nobody ever used this technology to investigate the ability to create useful consumer products. This might very interesting for developing countries, since the technology mainly uses solar (thermal) energy and sand, which are both freely available. For this reason the WOT designed a fulltime internship to design,build and test a similar sand printer. The result is a package of 3D CAD drawings, and a nearly finished 3D sand printer. The developed printer uses focussed sun light to sinter sand grains together. The focussing is done by a huge Fresnel lens (1.2 x 0.8m). The used electronics are taken and adapted from an existing 3D printer model, the Makerbot.
Item Type:Internship Report (Master)
Clients:
Werkgroep OntwikkelingsTechnieken (WOT), the Netherlands
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:52 mechanical engineering
Programme:Mechanical Engineering MSc (60439)
Keywords:3D printing, Fresnel lens, solar sinter, sand printing, solar energy
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/69808
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