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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

3D Printed Faucets ReInvented from DXV by American Standard

3D Printed Faucet with 19 waterways

I was invited by DXV by American Standard and Modenus to an evening of surprises. Top Secret was the buzz word making the event all the more mysterious. Woven into the evening were presentations from seven renowned designers (a few of which I am proud to call friends) who created their own unique spaces inspired by classic works of literature like Breakfast at Tiffanys, Anna Karenina and more. Each setting was a brilliant use of DXV products.  Hats off to DXV 2015 Design Panel which comprised of Lori Gilder, Rebecca Reynolds, Lisa Mende, Tami Ramsay, Krista Nye Schwartz, Justin Shaulis and Regina Sturrock. Veronika Miller of Modenus was ofcourse the genius who made it all happen!

The jawdropper of the night was the reveal of the 3D Printed Faucets in alloy metal.  DXV has certainly melded art and engineering innovation using a selective laser sintering printing process. Over the past few years, We have seen many 3D printed objects but what makes these designs so special is how the user experiences the water. 

Its a shocker - you do not know where the water is coming from thru the open lattice work; its revolutionary in faucet design! DXV adds, "The high strength of the alloy enables fine structures of concealed waterways that converge at the top of the faucet, shortly before reaching the aerator. This construction creates the impression water appears magically out of the faucet."  

See the Video:

This faucet below has waterways that are separated into four thin sections giving a more traditional appearance.

The elegant faucet below shows how water is supposed to ripple like water over a bed of stones. Love it! DXV used Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) technology to adjust each of the 19 waterways. 

If you want one of these new DXV faucets, they will be available though an exclusive network of showrooms costing somewhere between $12,000- $20,000. 

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