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Apparatus for reducing retained moisture content of articles and method of fabricating

United States Patent Application

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A method of fabricating a wash basket for a washing machine including providing a substantially cylindrical housing having a bottom and an inner wall, providing a plurality of geometric structures and connecting the plurality of geometric structures to the inner wall. The plurality of geometric structures may be configured to optimize a relationship between mechanically agitating an article contained within the wash basket during a wash cycle and reducing a residual moisture content of the article during a spin cycle. A wash basket for a washing machine may include a housing having an inner wall fabricated by a first process and a plurality of geometric structures fabricated by a second process where the plurality of geometric structures are attached to and extend radially inwardly from the inner wall, the geometric structures comprising a separate structure relative to the housing.
Sundell, Robert Elmer (Clifton Park, NY), Richter, Timothy Gerard (Wynantskill, NY), Johnson, Neil A. (Schenectady, NY), Beyerle, Michael Thomas (Pewee Valley, KY), McInerney, Edward Joseph (Louisville, KY), Watkins, Derek Lee (Elizabethtown, KY), Weaver, Mark Aaron (Crestwood, KY), Meyer, James Alan (Loulsville, KY)
General Electric Company
10/ 741,322
December 18, 2003
[0001] This invention was made with U.S. Government support through Government Contract Number DE-FC26-01 NT41261 awarded by the Department of Energy, and, in accordance with the terms set forth in said contracts, the U.S. Government may have certain rights in the invention.