Earlex Steam Cleaner

Certain projects have been selected from MNL’s Rich History, this one comes from 2002:

Steam cleaning allows you to deep clean and disinfect without the use of chemicals or abrasive materials. A diverse steam cleaning system is a must have home essential, this is the modern way to clean. The 3 in 1 Steam Caddy utilizes technology to minimize steam-up time so cleaning can begin in less than a minute. Steam is the natural way to clean and sanitize your home. It can kill germs and dust mites as well as loosen dirt and grease without the use detergents or chemicals. This is a unique “3-in-1” steam cleaning system that uses an innovative docking system and a large assortment of attachments so the unit can be used as a mobile cleaning station. This was the first and only system in the world at that time that has all these features in one unit.

Malcolm Nicholls Limited (MNL) were approached direct by the design department of a leading provider of HVLP (high volume low pressure) paint sprayers with the SprayStation® range of products. From 3D data (STL file) supplied by the MNL’s customer. MNL produced a full set of models utilising there in house 3D print process. For this project Stereolithography (SLA) was used built on MNL’s large frame SLA 5000 machine. All parts were built within a two day period. The end customer approved all the models produced, giving full sign off allowing the next stage of prototyping to begin. There were various finishes applied to the 3D printed models as theses were to be used as master patterns for a subsequent soft tooling process called Silicone tooling. This tooling process will completely emulate the surface finish of the master pattern, by using MNL’s highly experienced team of model-makers the full set of components went through a wide variety of finishes from satin, light spark through to a perfect high gloss.

Castings were also produced in multiple materials, most being in a high temp material that can withstand on or above 140° – 175° C, these material also need to withstand high pressures.

Key processes used

  • window/tile cleaner, SLA, Gloss and matt finishes, Silicone tooling, high temp castings
  • steamer and three cleaning nozzles , SLA, Gloss and matt finishes, Silicone tooling, high temp castings
  • scraper, SLA, Gloss and matt finishes, Silicone tooling, high temp castings and elastomer scraper
  • Floor tool , SLA, Gloss finish, Silicone tooling, high temp castings
  • Window/Tile squeegee, SLA, Gloss/matt handle and gloss squeegee, Silicone tooling, high temp castings and elastomer squeegee.
  • Upholstery/Clothes nozzle , SLA, Gloss and matt finishes, Silicone tooling, high temp castings
  • Jet nozzle , SLA, Gloss and matt finishes, Silicone tooling, high temp castings
  • Brush nozzle , SLA, Gloss and matt finishes, Silicone tooling, high temp castings
  • Scraper nozzle , SLA, Gloss and matt finishes, Silicone tooling, high temp castings, elastomer scraper
  • 1 Large bonnet , SLA, Gloss and matt finishes, Silicone tooling, high temp castings
  • 1 Small bonnet , SLA, Gloss and matt finishes, Silicone tooling, high temp castings
  • Caddy , SLA, light spark and finish, Silicone tooling, high temp castings, semi translucent tank

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