Washing Machines

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Project: Washing Machines
Washer3.jpg
Designer: Timothy Schmidt
Date: 2021
Tools: Wrenches
Parts: Frames, Nuts, Bolts, Plates, End caps, Barrels, Bicycle bottom brackets
Techniques: Shelf joints, Tri joints

Introduction

A washing machine (laundry machine, clothes washer, or washer) is a home appliance used to wash laundry. The term is mostly applied to machines that use water as opposed to dry cleaning (which uses alternative cleaning fluids and is performed by specialist businesses) or ultrasonic cleaners. The user adds laundry detergent, which is sold in liquid or powder form, to the wash water.

Challenges

Many people worldwide wash clothes manually, but the detergents are chemically harmful, and the repetitive motion of scrubbing is straining to the muscles and joints.

Approaches

Build a washing machine based on this inexpensive and durable design for use in rural areas. Use only Replimat components wherever possible. Gently wash clothes using pedal or solar electric power.

Cycle

  • first fill
  • second fill
  • detergent release
  • wash
  • rinse / sanitize
  • spin

Prototype

Bottom bracket

Development targets

References

File:DLabFinalPresentation.pdf
File:KovachC.the (final comments 2).pdf