Dyson Airblade

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Several years ago, Dyson, the British company famed for its vacuum cleaners, made a foray into uncharted commercial territory. The result—the Dyson Airblade—is revolutionary for its ability to shed water off skin using air pressure alone, saving energy by eliminating the need for heat, not to mention countless paper towels.

dyson airblade interior

Dyson’s 120,000-square-foot research-and-development facility in Wiltshire, England, is where it all began.

Dyson Airblade: Concept

In 2004, Dyson was exploring new ways to use its patented Dyson digital motor (DDM), which contains a virtually frictionless setup and was developed to make small vacuum cleaners for the Japanese…

Dyson Airblade: Research

Research in air filtration and house-hold cleanliness had already led Dyson to build an in-house testing laboratory overseen by microbiologist Toby Saville.

Dyson Airblade: Prototyping

With the technology to produce a 400-mph wind capable of drying a person’s hands in 12 seconds, the next step was to design a shell.

Dyson Airblade: Manufacturing

Though technology has made prototyping much faster, it requires an under-standing of how rapid-prototyping materials behave compared to manufacturing materials.

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