This is an interesting project that shows the potential of Rapid Prototyping using SLS and metal. SLS is a 3D printing process based on sintering. A CO2 laser is used to sinter a thin layer of heat-fusible titanium powder that gradually builds up the 3D model. These tap concepts could never be manufactured using traditional methods, it would be impossible to produce the hollow intricate shapes.
A whole new era of fixtures is here: 3D printed faucets. DXV by American Standard is taking it to the next level with their brand new creative faucet designs created with 3D printing technology. Using selective laser sintering, each faucet takes about 24 hours to be printed out of solid metal. It is then hand-finished to create a more polished look. This faucet was focused on designing the experience of water, mimicking that of water trickling through a riverbed. The other two faucets are focused on reinventing the way that water is brought to the user. Through the high strength of the alloy, concealed waterways are hidden inside and converge at the top, shortly before reaching the mouth, making it appear like magic!
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