If You want to get one as early as possible, You’ll have to build one from our open source plans, i.e. 3D geometry files, schematics, list of components, etc. Then we’ll, step by step, we plan to make it more accessible: Open source plans Pooled orders for components Single pre-assembled subassemblies Kit Knock-down kit (Ready for use washing machine) For the ready to use stage, we would definitely need a potent partner.
Honestly: we don’t have an estimate yet. For the open source plans stage we expect a lower-double-digits amount of months.
At the current stage, we focus almost exclusively on any measure that supports longevity, maintainability and repairability. So we do not have any estimate. But if You really want to have a number: we have a budget of 4.000 €. It’ based on the back-of-the-envelope calculation: according to statistics the average service life is between 8 – 12 years. Let’s say You’s buy a cheaper model one for 500 € and it lasts 12 years. So You’d need to buy ~8 washing machines to reach the 100 years. 8 washing machines ✕ 500 € = 4.000 €. If we manage to stay within the budget, it would be just a bit more expensive than a Huwa eDeluxe 70 (3.850 €, expected service life 20-23 years / 20.000 service hours, 25 years spare parts warranty).
Thank You for asking! We can think of three possible ways: Money One part of our project is currently a feasibility study which is financed by the Austria Wirtschaftsservice (aws impulse XS). This helps us to make a part of our project to our (payed) day job. We’ll post details how soon. Components You can help us by sponsoring components. Expertise There are some topics where we still have a lot of questions. So if You are e.g. an expert for BLDC motor design or tax consultant with expertise in the field of registered associations in Austria please contact us! Labour We already get have a small group of supporters, spanning from providing a small truck (thank You Michaela & Walter), making photoshoots (thank You Julian) and creating this website (thank You Birgit).