Design Review Report: Dehydrator

For my project I plan to create a dehydrator which is small and easy to move. The dehydrator is a utensil I plan to add to my kitchen in order to make new types of food. I first planned to make the dehydrator out of pressed aluminum sheet, but after some research I found that it was difficult to manufacture that way. Instead I decided to make the dehydrator out of wood. I plan to buy and cut wood stock in order to make the body of the dehydrator. I plan to paint it black then laser etch it with art nouveau inspired art. The dehydrator will have a heating element as well as a fan to circulate the air inside the dehydrator.

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William Benson
March 18, 2019 1:26 pm

Very unique project. I hope the heating element is integrated well and you can use this!

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Nicholas Degenhart
March 18, 2019 1:24 pm

This is a cool idea. I like how you’re applying an aesthetic to such a useful object. Have you come up with a plan for the laser etched design you’re going to use. Given your choice, in aesthetic, I think you could come up with some really cool designs.

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Conrad Trybus
March 18, 2019 1:24 pm

It is cool that you decided to make something unusual. Have you built anything like this before? I’m curious to see how you apply the aesthetic, yet make it match the rest of your kitchen.

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Andrew Lapham
March 18, 2019 1:24 pm

I think this might be a lot of technical work, and you might have a hard time laser etching the piece. Hope it works out for you.

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Ellie Pearson
March 18, 2019 1:23 pm

This seems like a cool project. Where are you getting the heating element from? Are you going to make one? Also will you be coding it to stop after a certain time?

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Max Buechler
March 18, 2019 1:23 pm

A cool unique piece to add to any kitchen. Are you planning on creating your own dehydrator from scratch or are you going to adapt an existing one and apply your aesthetic too it?

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I’m not 100% sure you can laser etch stainless steel so maybe check that out first. Otherwise, it would be cool to maybe CNC some of your covers to give you that aesthetic you were going for.

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Jared Campbell
March 18, 2019 1:23 pm

This seems like a complex system with both electrical and mechanical components. I hope you are able to get your etchings on the aluminum with the reflectivity. Good luck!

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You talked about something that measures the humidity, but no Bluetooth or timing component. Will you have a timer on the dehydrator to let you know when the food is done or will you have to manually watch the food all day?

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