Sink fixtures are something that can go unnoticed, but that’s not the case with American Standard’s stunning DXV line of products. The plumbing manufacturer revealed a series of 3D-printed faucets that have an elegant and curious look to them. Instead of a standard, completely-closed neck, DXV’s spigots feature latticework patterns, cutouts, and layered metal strips. These decorative and often open spaces are not something you’d expect in faucet design.
The products were made using a 3D printing technique called selective laser sintering. It involves a computer-guided laser beam that fuses powdered metal into shape using high heat and pressure. This results in one layer of the faucet. After it’s sintered, another layer of metal powder is laid on top. The process is then repeated until the entire piece is complete. Printing takes about 24 hours to finish and doesn’t include time spent hand sanding and polishing.
Thanks to the laser sintering method, American Standard was able to conceal small waterways in their design so that it appears as if the liquid is magically flowing from the faucet. Though they’re not available yet, they’re scheduled to go on sale from the company within the next year through a network of exclusive showrooms and retailers.