ersatz_read (ersatz_read) wrote in 1word1day,

Monday word: sinter

sinter (sĭn′tər)

1. A chemical sediment or crust, such as silica deposited by a mineral spring.
2. A mass formed by sintering.

To form a coherent mass by heating without melting.

Selective Laser Sintering is a technique that uses a laser to sinter powdered material (nylon, alumide, steel, etc.).

I learned the word while at Chazen with friends:  the medium for a sculpture from Xu Bing was listed as "laser-sintered polyamide".
Here is an article on the impressive, much larger (and non-sintered) installation related to the small sculptures I saw.

Etymology:  German sinter, slag or dross.
Tags: german, noun, s, verb, wordsmith: ersatz_read

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