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recyclable Dissolving Dishes

Why make a Dish WASHER? Make a Dish MAKER!
 
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I have racked my brain trying to figure out how to develop a better dishwasher... something capable of cleaning any kind of hardened substance out of every nook and cranny with zero hassle.

Dishwashers, as they are, end up actually taking MORE time than washing by hand... but they do come out extra clean.

So why not just use disposable dishes? Just not acceptable for the environment. Too wasteful!

What we need is a way to recycle our dishes and cooking utensils in our own kitchen.

Replace that dishwasher with a machine that you toss all your dishes into when done using them. The dishes are made of a substance that breaks down on contact with some type of every day fluid... maybe just water... but after a significant period of time.

Then the food particles and dish material are seperated by the machine and the food waste is purged through your plumbing system.

The machine then "Manufactures" -- "forms" new dishes which harden and ready for use... this process can continue ad infinitum.

Leotardo Da Vinci, Dec 25 2003

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       Darn you, that was on my to do list to halfbake based on my clothing machine. +
sartep, Dec 25 2003
  

       We still need to figure out how to make it really work. :D
Leotardo Da Vinci, Dec 25 2003
  

       A kiln is a dishmaker. Juat a little prep work, a little trimming, a little decorating, place in kiln, then BAM - dishes!
Letsbuildafort, Dec 25 2003
  

       The only problem ,Letsbuildafort, is that we need the dishes to be able to "disintegrate" so we can seperate the food from the dish and then recycle the plate material.
Leotardo Da Vinci, Dec 25 2003
  

       Well, my idea was that only plastic dishes of a particular plastic could be used in this way. They would then be shredded and then washed in hot water then injection molded into other dishes with different patterns printed on to them. Strips of plastic could be added into the future to keep your plate count up if need be. I had this worked out already.
sartep, Dec 25 2003
  

       I wonder if there would be problems with chemicals with that process? I was thinking of somekind of "clay-like" material that would breakdown after a significant time in water and then could be seperated. But this will be the toughest part. Finding the right material. Also with plastic you would need a lot of heat which would be pricey.
Leotardo Da Vinci, Dec 25 2003
  

       I'm sorry to sound so negative in christmas eve, but I don't see why this dishmaker machine is in any way better than the already existing dish washing machines. It would also waste water and energy, I'm not sure it would be any faster AND, to some point, the material used to make the dishes would wear off from continuous "re-making".   

       Wait a minute, I don't even like dish washing machines.
Pericles, Dec 25 2003
  

       Maybe I need to try a new dishwasher or something... but with all the dishawashers I have used you have to wash the dishes and pots before you put them in the machine or they won't come out clean. BTW... this would work for all eating utensils, not just plates. Glass, pots, forks, knives. You name it.   

       And the lost material should be minor with this system. You would just need to top it off every now and then.
Leotardo Da Vinci, Dec 25 2003
  

       //The only problem ,Letsbuildafort, is that we need the dishes to be able to "disintegrate" so we can seperate the food from the dish and then recycle the plate material.//   

       Shotgun. Indoor gun/archery range. Jackhammer. I can personally attest to the non-fun qualities of a 200 pound jumping piece of steel. But be creative.
Letsbuildafort, Dec 26 2003
  
      
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