You haven’t seen faucet design until you’ve seen these modern 3D printed faucets from DXV by American Standard. The shockingly beautiful 3D printed faucets are “the first ready-for-market working faucets to be printed in metal.” Proudly displaying unique designs, these amazing 3D printed faucets reinvent the way we use water. Their exceptional design adds value to our sensory experience every time we do an apparently mundane task like washing our hands.
Visionaries of American Standard say that “the incredibly high strength of the alloy enables fine structures of concealed waterways that converge at the top, shortly before reaching the aerator. This construction creates the impression that water appears magically out of the faucet.”
One of the new 3D printed faucets was adorned with an intricate latticework that confers a sculptural design edge. The second design has its waterways separated into four thin sections, making it appear more traditional, but stealing the light nonetheless. These two new faucet designs that offer a new perspective on how water reaches you are complemented by a third design. This one shapes focuses on “designing the experience of water.”
This is how they imagined water flowing organically: “The water is presented to the user as a stream bouncing on rocks in a riverbed. To achieve this poetic effect, the design team used Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) technology to adjust each of the 19 waterways to achieve the proper effect. The rest of the faucet is extremely pure and simple not to distract from the play of the water.”
The actual printing of a faucet takes about 24 hours and you can learn here how that is done through selective laser sintering. After having been printed, each faucet is hand-polished to get a “feel that mimics texture found on silver pieces after years of being hand buffed and polished.” Their estimated retail price will be somewhere between $12,000 – $20,000.
Let’s see how that price drops over the next years, as with any evolving technology. Keep your fingers crossed for 3D printing, everyone, and let’s see how 3D printing is disrupting mainstream manufacturing processes.