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The ‘Solar Pocket Factory’-3D Print Solar Panel


Shawn Frayne and Alex Hornstein, two young inventors based in the Philippines, are taking their passion for clean free energy and developing a way to make it accessible and cheap for everyone. These guys are working tirelessly to provide a product that could be used by practically anyone to make homemade solar panels.

The factory is small enough to fit on a desktop and efficient enough to produce 300k to one million panels per year, up to one every 15 seconds. By cutting out much of the labor intensive process, which represents 50% of the total cost, this machine can dramatically reduce the price of solar. Their pocket solar panel producer can change the way the world views electricity.

What type of applications can a homemade solar panel have? For starters it can replace the need for outlets in a home for smaller electronics such as phones, computers, lamps, etc.

One of the more intriguing applications is the added versatility solar panels can provide. In short, with these panels you can use your electronics anywhere there’s sunshine .

Their initial Kickstarter campaign was quickly fully funded, but they are raising additional funds to redesign the CNC laser cutter with the intentions to open source the technology. Eventually they plan to power the solar panel maker using solar panels.


The product is continuously being improved and the technology is open source which makes it free for anyone to copy or improve upon.

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