DC03 and CR01 Projects
Founder Wouter Konings was involved in the development of the third Dyson vacuum cleaner and the Dyson washing machine. Dyson is technology-driven and approaches and employs an integral development method wherein one team of design engineers develops a product from start to finish.
Dyson’s third vacuum cleaner was designed to be able to reach under beds and be stowed away by hanging in a closet. In conjunction with a new cyclone system, Wouter developed a clutch, filters and a valve.
Wouter Konings was responsibility for the cyclone (and valve) development, the tooling management and support during the start of production.
Strategy | Development of New Innovative Features
Engineering | Cyclone Development | Mechanical Engineering | Tooling | Production Management
(Counter rotation washing machine)
James Dyson was determined to change the way we wash clothes. With traditional machines, folded jeans often come out still folded.
To find a more thorough washing method we tested all possible techniques. The conclusion was that manipulating the fabric, similar to hand-washing, gives the best results. The counter rotation drums mimic this action.
Wouter Konings was one of a small, selected team of engineers with the task of making this happen.
Analysis of Wash Machine
The traditional wash machine has a small door opening and a big rubber gasket. Clothes are only lifted and droped and some times they come out folded.
Wash Technology Development
A wide range of washing techniques were prototyped and tested. The conclusion was that washing by hand gives the best result because it manipulates the clothing fibers.
Dyson CR01 | Big door opening | No rubber gasket | Large volume drum | Counter rotation
Strategy | Additional Features | Improvement of overall User Experience
Engineering | Final Detailing | Prototyping | Testing
In the end, the bigger drum and high cost price made that it was often used in a commercial setting. Due to this heavy use and increased complexity the maintenance costs increased and finally the machine was withdrawn. But it was a successful feat of engineering, and well loved by those that owned it.
“Don’t be afraid to fail“ James Dyson
Quick Drive Action Wash
We were happily surprised that SAMSUNG introduced the Quick Drive with the same basic principle. We were pleased to see that our basic idea was correct, but we just pushed the technological boundaries a bit too far.
Comparison | Movies
“They are designers of high ability, strong in concept, detail and manufacturing design.”
Sir James Dyson
Founder Dyson Ltd.