The Lightyear One is 3D printed

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More than 55 interior parts for the Lightyear One are 3D printed.
According to Lex Hoefsloot, CEO of Lightyear announces and Robert Llewellyn, ” gets an exclusive first look at the Lightyear One hyper-efficient luxury sedan, a partially solar-powered electric car. And gets to experience it as one of the first passengers!

When Solar Team Eindhoven won the world solar challenge in Australia driving a 4 seater 100% solar-powered car over 3,000 kilometers, no one would have believed that a handful of years later they could come up with this.
Lightyear One. A spacious hyper-efficient partially solar-powered electric car.
We know the future is electric, could it be solar electric.”





Always charging in the sun. Longest range. Most sustainable.



3D Printed Concrete House Design in ‘Texas’

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According to the owner of the company, “My goal is to teach builders to adopt new 3D printing technology, build with new and better materials such as GeoPolymer concrete and basalt rebar, and offer affordable housing all around the world”. They are using the triple bottom line, it is an accounting framework with three parts- social, environmental (or ecological) and financial. Some organizations have adopted the TBL framework to evaluate their performance in a broader perspective to create greater business value.
According to Sunconomy,” This 3D printed concrete home know as the “Genesis model” is a 3 bedroom 2 bath house with detached garage, solar, wind, battery backup, rainwater catchment is the design I have decided to build first. I can build it in Lago Vista, just outside of Austin, TX for $289,000 (plus lot, permit and lot development costs)”.

Solar Sinter: A Solar Powered 3D Printer for Making Glass Objects from Sand

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Solar Sinter: A Solar Powered 3D Printer for Making Glass Objects from Sand

According to the SLS (selective laser sintering),” this is one of the processes used by 3D printers.  The SLS process uses the powdered raw material such as plastic, glass, metal, ceramic.  A laser is directed at the powdered material to selectively fuse the material.  Layers of the fused material are created to form a 3D object.

Markus Kayser, a designer and researcher born in Germany used the idea behind the SLS technology to develop solar sinter, a 3D printer that uses sand as the powdered raw material and solar energy to produce glass objects.  Both solar energy and sand are available in abundance for free.  So once a solar sinter is made, an unlimited supply of 3D objects can be created for free.

The first solar sinter was manually operated and tested in the Moroccan desert in 2011.  A larger and fully-automated computer driven solar sinter was subsequently developed and tested in Egypt, near Sahara desert in 2012.  This is a brilliant and thought to provoke experiment”.  According to Markus Kayser, “The machine and the results of these first experiments presented here represent the initial significant steps towards what I envisage as a new solar-powered production tool of great potential.”:)

Solar Sinter Project