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Home dishwasher that accepts dirty dishes on one side and dispenses clean, dry dishes from the other

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Mar 31, 2022
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A home dishwasher that accepts dirty dishes on one side. It automatically sorts, cleans, and dries them. You then take clean dishes from the other side when you need them. The entire thing fits into any standard kitchen.
Why?
  • No need for cupboards/cabinets that hold clean dishes. Simply take them from the machine when you need them.
  • No sink full of dirty dishes to look at.
  • There is no extra work of putting clean dishes back in cabinets.
  • The machine replaces your dishwasher, cupboards, and cabinets. Cumulatively it takes less space.
  • No pre-washing and manual loading/unloading.
  • Place your dishes and forget they were ever dirty.
How it works
A large dishwasher/drier that doubles as a dish cabinet. It has a short conveyor belt on one side. You place your dirty dishes on the belt from inside of the sink. The belt turns on and moves the dishes inside. It empties, rinses, washes, dries, and sorts them. Food scraps are blended and go into the sewage.
On the other side of the machine there is a large cabinet where all the clean dishes are stored and ready to be taken out when you need them.
The front panel can be taken off for servicing and maintenance.
Something like this probably already exists for industrial/restaurant purposes. The novel part would be the automated sorting in a neat kitchen cabinet as well as making a home unit that fits into standard kitchens.
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Removable trays, instead of conveyor belts

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Spook Louw
Spook Louw Apr 13, 2022
Though I prefer your approach, where every step is automated, it might be more feasible to have removable trays designed to fit perfectly in your dishwasher/dryer and cupboard/cabinet. A tray full of dirty dishes can be put in the dishwasher, and when it is clean, the entire tray can be removed and fit into a cupboard, as is.
This would require fewer mechanics and still have the benefit of not having to go through several steps from dishwasher to cupboard.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic2 months ago
When I mentioned this idea on Reddit, one guy commented: "just have 2 dishwashers". One to pile dirty dishes in, then when you're out of clean ones, wash the dirty batch to make it clean. Then pile dirty dishes into the 2nd machine while the first one now serves as the cupboard cabinet.
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Spook Louw
Spook Louw2 months ago
How would the sorting work?
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic2 months ago
Spook Louw maybe the mechanism could be adapted for specific types of dishes that the household uses. The machine would rotate each piece until it fits in a slot that other pieces don't. This is quite an engineering challenge, but I'm sure it's been solved before in industrial conveyor lines. Even visual identification and robotic sorting would be possible.
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