OK, so the bathroom is the last room in your house I’d probably expect to run into a 3D printed object, but I guess I was wrong. DXV, the luxury portfolio from American Standard, has made some amazing looking 3D printed faucets that will blow your mind. These designs are the type that machining or casting would obviously struggle greatly to produce.The faucets were recently named a finalist for the R&D 100 Awards for their use of laser sintering. Of course this isn’t just about 3D printing technology though, what we have here is the synergism of technology and exquisite design. The technology in this case is an enabler that allows designers creative freedom that they didn’t have before due to manufacturing constraints. The company’s promotions ask:
WHEN’S THE LAST TIME YOU WERE SURPRISED? ASTONISHED? BY A FAUCET?
INTRODUCING DXV’S NEW COLLECTION OF NEVER BEFORE POSSIBLE DESIGNS.
My personal favorite, the Vibrato bathroom faucet, is just a bit under $20k, so for the short term you’ll probably see these in your favorite trendy restaurant rather than a home. However, in the future the idea of designing your ideal faucet rather than spending a Saturday afternoon comparing the dozens of options at your local home improvement store is certainly a tantalizing prospect.