Dyson’s dust-busters are famed all through the world. And the latest V8 Fluffy is no different.
What’s different about this cordless vacuum this time is what powers it from within - the Dyson digital motor V8.
It spins at a dizzying 5 times faster than an F1 car engine at 110,000 revolutions per minute. Compared to the previous generation V6’s 350W, it runs at 425W. That means it’s designed to give you more power over a long runtime. How much more? How about 50% more at 40 minutes instead of the V6’s 20 minutes? That’s more than enough to clean the average Singapore home.
You would think something this powerful would weigh a ton, but it’s almost unnaturally unproportionate. The V8 Fluffy weighs 2.6kg and mostly in the handle so you can glide it up and down your floors smoothly. How did Dyson get here? We took a tour through their RnD centre, right here on the outskirts of Singapore to get the full story.
You’ll notice that there are more robots than humans on the factory floor. And that’s because the work that’s being done requires the precision of robots to avoid human error.
At the balancing station, the rotor is checked to make sure that it’s perfectly balanced. Because it is spinning at such high speeds, any slight unbalance would lead to undesirable vibrations. When the calculations at this station reveal any unbalance, the extra unwanted mass is trimmed away.
Then it’s onto the winding station which reminded us of sewing machines as wires are laid in coils in order to form magnetic poles. The digital switching of these magnetic poles is what causes that tiny motor to revolve at that crazy speed.
Because of the high speed of winding, it’s also called the "flying wind". The entire process looks like a blur to the naked human eye (it’s that fast), so the wire coils look like they appear by magic.
The plastic frames are given barcodes and serial numbers so that if anything happens, they can be tracked. The frame is then attached with a diffuser. You’ll notice a lack of screws throughout the entire process because they can’t give the precision that’s needed for a high speed motor. Instead, glue is used and UV light is utilised to speed up the bonding process.