Laser beams fuse designs, and concealed waterways make water magically appear.

DXV, a division of American Standard, recently launched the first commercially available residential faucets printed using 3D technology. DVX describes the 3D process as selective laser sintering, whereby over a 24 hour period, a computer-guided laser beam fuses, or sinters, powdered metal with high heat and pressure, into the shape of the faucet. The resulting metal is hand finished to reveal the faucet design, and subsequently put through a finishing process to achieve a the texture of timeless hand-polished silver.

DVX’s use of this 3D technology has enabled innovative function and unique designs, in which the water is distributed through a number of fine concealed waterways until uniting at the head of the faucet, just before the aerator. The result is somewhat of an optical illusion, as if the water is appearing magically from the faucet.

In the following design, the numerous waterways are concealed within the open lattice shaft of the faucet. Complementing low profile handles complete the look.

This faucet’s waterways separated into four thin sections with coordinating high profile handles, resulting in a more traditional appearance:

The third faucet was designed with the objective of having the water mimic a stream flowing over rocks on a riverbed:  not an easy task, yet it was achieved using Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) technology to regulate each of the 19 waterways to achieve the desired effect.  Once again low profile taps are a perfect complement to the elongated neck of the faucet.

DVX predicts that 3D technology will have a big impact on the construction and design industry moving forward.  After seeing these innovative faucets, its easy to see why.