Axis prototypes BOB, the ultra compact dishwasher from Daan Technologies

Daan technology is a startup that was created in 2016 by Damian PY and Antoine FICHET to unite around the creation of Bob. “We created Daan Tech in 2016, in fact, to launch Bob the mini dishwasher. I wanted to start a hardware company that was more robotics/energy oriented, and Antoine had come up with this idea of a mini dishwasher, I thought it was a good idea to start with.” confides Mr. PY.

Daan technologies
Daan Technologies

Axis has been manufacturing 3D printed prototypes for over 20 years. Helping to create the BOB model was not a challenge for us. Our know-how allowed us to test the different versions of BOB and to validate the parts thanks to the HP Multijet Fusion and Stereolithography processes.

The creators of the ultra-compact dishwasher first started by creating their prototype in various materials that had nothing to do with 3D printing because the first step was to create a thermoforming model. It is thereafter that Daan technologies is equipped with 3D printing machine in wire deposition to achieve more complex forms: “We then developed the Bob v5 that we made Axis in the summer of 2018 and with which we succeeded in our pre-orders. This prototype is really where our success lies, we took the first photos of Bob in Berlin at the EIC Summit, we then did the pre-order launch, we won the Blue Ocean award with it, and then it ended its life after a makeover at CES in Las Vegas 2019. “

Axis and Daan technologies BOB prototype CES 2020

Axis has been specializing in additive manufacturing rapid prototyping since 1997, so it was a no-brainer for us to help Daan Technologies when they called on us to make a realistic model of the final product. “We wanted to make a prototype that would be faithful to the final product, that would have exactly the same dimensions, and that would allow us to validate the parts before launching the molds. “Damian Py explains.

Thus, we produced parts in powder sintering but also in stereolithography in order to give this start-up the possibility of having a finished product very close to what Bob would give after the injection production. The co-founder tells us, “Rapid prototyping allowed us to validate the technical functioning of the product, but also to have a product to show to our customers and investors. Without these rapid prototyping tools, it would have been impossible for us to succeed in our pre-order campaign or convince investors.”

Indeed, stereolithography was preferred to produce the external parts of the prototypes, i.e. those whose aesthetic aspect was the most important. This 3D printing technique makes it easy to get smooth parts that are easy to finish, including paint and primer. This additive manufacturing technique is often favored to validate the parts especially from the point of view of the global aspect because it makes it possible to obtain parts rather close to the final products which will be launched in marketing.

Powder sintering was used to prototype the interior of the dishwasher. Thanks to the sintering of PA 12 powder and an epoxy impregnation, it was possible to test the effectiveness of the product itself, in addition to its final appearance. Powder sintering is a favored material for parts that need good mechanical function. The granular/porous aspect of the sintered powder is more difficult to finish aesthetically, which explains the different materials used in the realization of Bob. In addition to the dishwasher model, we also participated in the production of the BoB “options”. In fact, the latter is not only a dishwasher: with the addition of a module, Bob can also become an ally for the disinfection of your masks and other objects by UV-C. Very practical in these times!

Axis product Bob the ultra compact dishwasher from Daan technologies

We wish a very bright future to Daan Technologies in the continuation of their adventures: “On the one hand, the adaptation of Bob to international markets, especially Asia (Japan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea). On the other hand, the development of an autonomous washing machine (we have just received confirmation from the BPI to start the development). Finally, the development of a Bob XL, 6 place settings autonomous with water saver (same water consumption as Bob, more powerful UV), intended for the North American market and for households bigger than Bob (we are waiting for the confirmation of Europe)” indicates Mr Py.

Our company is delighted to have been able to participate in this beautiful project Made In France whose production is made at 100% on our territory. We are waiting to receive our Bob so that we can fully test its effectiveness in all areas.