Dry ice washing machine

A designer named Elie Ahovi has come up with a concept washing machine that levitates your clothes and uses dry ice to wash them without using water.

It’s called the “Orbit”, and was put together for the Electrolux Design Lab. It consists of a superconductive ball cooled with liquid nitrogen, which you fill with your clothes, and a battery-filled ring generating a magnetic field, which the ball levitates inside as its electrical resistivity drops.

Inside the drum, dry ice is fired at high pressure into the clothes, sublimating on impact to produce minimal damage to the fabric. Once dirt is separated, it’s filtered out and the CO2 is sucked back up and turned back into a solid. The whole process takes just a few minutes, is essentially silent, and leaves you with clean, dry clothes.

Downside?  Read for yourselves.

5 comments for “Dry ice washing machine

  1. February 22, 2012 at 09:39

    In the words of Homer Simpson.. Doughnutsss.

    And really cool ^_^ literally. I guess there is no need for detergent, but will it bleach cotton/linens? and will it fit under a kitchen worksurface?

    I figure the cold steralises? How effective do you think it is?

    How often do you have to change the filters?

    How much is it?

    How much does it crease clothes, is the ironing easy after?

  2. February 23, 2012 at 08:24

    Oh.. and what would it do to your other electrical appliances senior’s pacemakers and maybe a watch?

  3. Dave
    February 25, 2012 at 16:53

    A dribblingly stupid idea which appeals only to the hard of thinking. Unless this device is based in an entirely different universe in which our physical laws have been substantially modified, I feel that it is just a little difficult to understand how it might operate. For example, how is the dry ice likely to sublime if it is in a chamber cooled to liquid nitrogen temperatures? How would the sublimation process actually clean the clothes – ice blasting works by fracturing off the outer layer of a material – dirt is generally diffused into clothes. How does the designer envisage man made fibre clothes or wool not being reduced to dust by the combination of embrittling low temperatures and physical shocks? How does the energy balance work – 10 Kg of clothes being suspended in a magnetic field by a battery power supply? In fact where does all the energy come from – the designer says that it’s stored in “gigantic batteries”. Oh gods, I’ve lost the will to live – this is garbage pure and simple, written by someone who thinks that, just because he can draw a lovely simple ball made of shiny stuff, that obviates the necessity of explaining a) how it works and b) how he will build it. Anyway let’s not be boring and confuse the issue with facts, let’s just get on with the faery fantasies. Oh, and Moggsy …. please learn to spell and write grammatically – it’s much easier to understand. Toodle pip. Dave

  4. February 25, 2012 at 16:57

    I was wondering how it would work as well.

  5. February 29, 2012 at 08:42

    I guess I didn’t read it properly. I wondered how it worked, but I thought it was me being dumb and someone had actually made one. Duh.

    Maybe you could use induction to power it? Like tooth brush chargers? Then maybe you wouldn’t need batteries.

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