Shadowbrook 3D Printed Faucet

CompanyDXV by American Standard
ClientJean-Jacques L'Henaff
DesignerDXV by American Standard
Prize1st Place in Home Interior Products / Bathroom Fittings/Appliances
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Entry Description

The Shadowbrook faucet is part of the first-ever collection of 3D printed metal faucets, created using Direct Metal Laser Sintering, a revolutionary additive manufacturing process. While this technique has been used to create plastic prototypes for years, these are the first ready-for- market residential faucets printed in metal. The faucet is printed using a computer-guided laser beam that fuses powdered metal into the desired shape with high heat and pressure. In revival of the tradition of bespoke craftsmanship, the faucet is then hand-finished by an artisan who gives it a rich, fine patina and feel that mimics the texture found on antique silver pieces. As water flows from the Shadowbrook faucet, it is presented as a stream bouncing on rocks in a riverbed. The poetic effect of this organic water flow was achieved through the meticulous adjustment of each of its 19 waterways, a significant triumph of Computational Fluid Dynamic technology.