With its transparent housing and microwave-sized dimensions, it is easy to confuse the Heatworks Tetra with one of the many similarly designed 3D tabletop printers available today. But Tetra’s goal is not additive like a printer, but subtractive: a compact kitchen appliance designed to wash dishes with a minimum of water and time.
Sculpted and designed in partnership with Frog Design, the compact dimensions of the Tetra are made possible thanks to Heatwork’s previous efforts in producing the Model 3 tankless water heater. Using the same tankless technology that allows you to abandon traditional graphite electrode heating elements (Ohmic Array technology), the Tetra is able to heat water more accurately and efficiently using only half a gallon of water and 10 minutes for a complete cleaning cycle.
The capacity of the Tetra can accommodate two full cutlery sets or 10 plates or 12 12-quart glasses – all visible through its 3/4 transparent tray on top of the stainless steel base. The more eyebrow claims, the more related his abilities are to his extensive abilities: “disinfecting baby products, washing plastic containers without melting them, cooking seafood or cleaning seafood”. In other words, the Tetra could become the first cooking appliance capable of washing dishes after dinner.
Tetra will cost less than $300 and will be available for purchase at the end of 2018.