For this teardown, we were joined by long-time Fictiv partners Harald Quintus-Bosz, CTO at Cooper Perkins, and Ann Torres, VP of Engineering and Operations at Cooper Perkins. Both Harald and Ann provided us with lots of insight into the design and manufacturing processes behind the Dyson Cool bladeless fan.
The Dyson Cool uses the Coanda effect, or an air inducement and entrainment, to create an air flow that is smoother than traditional bladed fans. While costing approximately $299, the retail price for this fan technology is approximately ten times the price of a typical fan. The reasons for the price difference can partially be seen in the details of the teardown, where clever design, high quality parts, and intricate molds are seen everywhere in the assembly.
Here are the features of interest we’re drilling into for this teardown:
1. Fan Outer Housing - an extremely complex injection molded part that delivers polished and reveal-free surfaces on the outside, with numerous functional features on the inside
2. Air Flow Design - at the center of the air flow path is the impeller, which is designed for maximum performance and quiet operation
3. Design for Assembly - cleverly designed features were implemented to ensure ease of assembly and a clean exterior with no exposed hardware
4. Cost Analysis - the cost of goods is far more than the typical fan, so we're going to dig into what factors may have contributed to the price point for Dyson. To go deeper on this subject, Cooper Perkins CTO Harald Quintus-Bosz will host a webinar on Designing for Scale on Friday, October 19th, based on a course he teaches at MIT. To learn more and register, visit the webinar page.
Tearing down the Dyson Cool illuminated just how much engineering has gone into designing this “magical” fan. While the fan is sleek and elegant from its exterior, it houses several intricately designed parts that work together to create a constant cool breeze.
With a number of complicated parts, from the fan housing to the impeller, the production of the fan’s parts calls for advanced plastic injection molding processes. In addition, this product was designed with the intention of an easy assembly process, resulting in several clever mechanisms.
What really sets this fan apart is the technology behind this "bladeless" fan. Dyson engineers have applied the fundamental laws of inducement and entrainment to develop a technology that is both simple and brilliant.
If you're interested in learning more about how to design products with cost in mind, using the Dyson fan as a case study, be sure to register for our upcoming webinar on Designing for Scale with Cooper Perkins CTO Harald Quintus-Bosz!
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