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Dual cyclone vacuum cleaner

a design that does not lose suction South West,

Upright bagless vacuum cleaner coloured pink and purple.
Dyson G-Force Cyclonic vacuum cleaner, 1990. Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

Frustrated with the performance of traditional vacuum cleaners, James Dyson (1947- ) decided to design his own. 

Inspired by a cyclone installed in a saw mill, he developed a new vacuum which used cylcone technology to pick up dirt without losing suction. His vacuum cleaner worked by spinning and filtering out dust, unlike a conventional vacuum cleaner which uses suction to trap dust into a bag. 

After testing out a cardboard prototype, Dyson spent the next five years developing and refining his new vacuum cleaner. The final model, a pink machine called the G-Force, was licensed in Japan in 1993.

This was followed ten years later by the first machine sold under the Dyson name - the DC01 became the best-selling cleaner in the UK within 22 months.

Royal Academy of Engineering

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Engineering,
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South West
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Key Individuals
James Dyson,