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"sfera" Washing Machine

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Guest Skint
Now thats a funky washing machine :D. Have no idea how it works, spins, lid stays shut etc.... but the principle is cool :) I may need a slightly bigger one though haha. Good luck when you send it to designlab.

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Guest Jay08
thats a neat idea, a nice refresh...could you make it a bit funkier? Add some colour to the design, maybe the lid? Im thinking electrolux is a bit more fun that what youre porrtraying.

Renders seem very grey aswell?

Cool concept though

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Guest Lilith
wow! this rocks! :clapping: again not sure how it works, but what the hell, i am sure it can be engineered! absolutely amazing, would love to have one :D:) good luck!

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Guest Papanek.
Here are some sketches of few ideas for these concept...

Jay08 these are awful renderings, you`re right :D but they are not made for rendering competition :)

Thansk Lilith

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Guest Skint
You may need to consider supports, if the pipes from the wall are flexi or solid they will not hold up too well when the machine is full of clothes and water... its simply not going to float in mid-air so easily.

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Guest Steve.id
Great idea just would love to know more about the overal functionality with features and benefits etc??

Others a very interesting and eye catching idea.

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Guest whippy
It's nice to see a different approach to an everyday product! Love the concept, reckon it'd be pretty complex to make it actually work though!

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Guest woolly
Good solution to the problem of watertight and able to rotate.
But how do you get the water in?

Power supply is not a problem - motor at the side rotating the whole axle.

I agree that all that water would heavy enough to cause problems for supports.
And when spinning, would it absorb the extreme vibration?
Could it be made freestanding?

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Guest Papanek.
Machine holders are also plumb installation, spining is not a problem because it`s not fast. Machine is meant to use high pressure not high speed centrifugal spining...

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Guest csven
Reminds me of the [url="http://www.laundry-alternative.com/wonderwash.htm"]Wonderwash[/url] (review here: [url="http://camping.about.com/od/campinggearreviews/gr/wonderwash.htm"]Link[/url]) which I almost bought last year so I could see how well it worked.

The big question I have is: how do you evacuate the water? both for the rinse cycle and for what is typically the final spin cycle?

You say it doesn't rotate quickly (hence the lack of concern over mounts), so you're not doing it with centrifugal effects. But even if you pump it out with a regular pump it seems you'd have a lot of residual water getting dumped out with the clothes. Details appreciated.

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Guest csven
I'm still curious how that issue is resolved.

Meanwhile, I see this concept is getting some press:

[url="http://gizmodo.com/5036690/spherical-washing-machine-saves-space-and-aching-backs"]Gizmodo[/url]

[url="http://dvice.com/archives/2008/08/sfera_washing_m.php"]DVice[/url]

[url="http://www.ubergizmo.com/15/archives/2008/08/sfera_washing_machine_design.html"]ubergizmo[/url]

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