3D printers are increasingly being used to create new and innovative designs in everything from cars to home decor that defy the traditional manufacturing techniques. Using state-of-the-art technology and a whole lot of inspiration, the North American plumbing and building product manufacturer American Standard, launched it’s DXV line of metal 3D printed faucets.
The new designs open up new possibilities of using faucets for more than what they’re originally meant to be, but as unique and beautiful pieces of decoration as well.
American Standard created these faucets in such complex shapes that it makes you wonder if it actually works. But in order to make them functional the design team used computational fluid dynamics technology to ensure efficient water flow. To manufacture these new faucets, American Standard uses a 3D printing method called laser sintering, in which a computer guided laser beam fuses powdered metal into the shape with high heat and pressure. Printing the faucets takes about 24 hours and they still need to be further hand-finished and polished afterwards.
Metal 3D printing makes a lot of products easier and faster to manufacture and enables bold and custom designs. This is a great example of how this technology can be applied, producing something that wouldn’t be possible to manufacture using traditional methods.
The DXV line faucets will be available within the next 12 months, but you can already start saving for it’s estimated price of up to US$20,000.