We all know that 3D printing is going to bring an avalanche of awesome in the future, but at this point we are just scratching the surface. In this case, American Standard is utilizing a process developed in the 1980s called selective laser sintering that involves using lasers to heat and fuse metal powder. The result is faucet designs that would be difficult or impossible to produce with traditional methods.
The design above is the most interesting, and is described thusly:
..the focus was on designing the experience of water. 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.
Although the products are considered to be the first ready-for-market faucets produced by 3D printing with metal, the estimated retail price is an absurd $12-$20,000 – so the technology still has a long, long way to go before its practical for the average consumer. If you aren’t the average consumer, you’ll be able to pick these up for your home sometime in the next 12 months “through an exclusive network of showrooms”.
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