DXV by American Standard is proud to announce the forthcoming release of the first commercially-available faucets created through 3D printing. The line features three designs created to explore the fluidity of water.
Using a process called selective laser sintering in which a computer-guided laser beam fuses powdered metal, a faucet can be printed in about 24 hours. After, it is hand-finished to smooth extraneous metal and to create a hand-polished look that mimics the texture found in silver pieces. This process allows the faucets to take on never-before-seen designs which incorporate voids and negative space.
In addition to passing NSF certification, the three designs will be submitted to receive the WaterSense©, marking them as having met water-saving standards.
The process of bringing the faucets to life through 3D printing is aimed at democratizing design and decentralizing manufacturing, eventually upending the design and construction industries. All three designs will be available through an exclusive network of showrooms within the next 12 months, and the estimated retail price will likely sit between $12,000 and $20,000.