Faucet by American Standard. The groundbreaking collection of 3D printed metal bathroom sink faucets from DXV by American Standard was recognized with a Best of BDwest Product Design Award at the annual trade fair hosted by Boutique Design. This competition honors designers and manufacturers of goods demonstrating progress in aesthetics, functionality, and most importantly, innovation in their product category.
These first-of-their-kind 3D printed faucets were also recognized for their styling and operational innovation by the Kitchen and Bath Industry.
The DXV Vibrato, Trope and Shadowbrook faucets are the inaugural collection of 3D printed metal faucets created using Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS), a revolutionary additive manufacturing process. While this technique has been used to create plastic prototypes for years, these are the first ready-for-market residential faucets printed in metal. This 3D printing process enables avant-garde methods to present water and completely redefines the user experience when turning on a faucet.
“This revolutionary 3D printed faucet collection is a real game-changer in our industry. We are very proud of this well-deserved recognition for these innovative faucets and our extremely talented product design team.”
The faucets are printed using a computer-guided laser beam that fuses powdered metal into the desired shape with high heat and pressure. A solid metal block gradually arises out of the powder, and is then hand-finished to smooth extraneous metal and reveal the design. In a revival of the tradition of bespoke craftsmanship, each faucet is then hand-finished by an artisan who gives it a rich, fine patina feel that mimics the texture found on antique silver pieces.
Info From: AMERICAN STANDARD.