We have something new and revolutionary here at the Cantu showroom! DXV has created the first ever 3D printed faucet! This new technology has made its way into the plumbing design world, and it has made a lasting impression! The Vibrato, Trope and Shadowbrooke faucets are the only three 3D printed pieces in this collection and they are in our showroom for a limited time, so if you have the opportunity head down to see them before they are gone!
These faucets are functioning pieces of art , and the three unique designs can work in any sort of space, whether that be traditional, transitional, or modern. If you are looking for a conversation starter in your home, look no further! These faucets seamlessly blend the two very opposite worlds of art and technology, while maintaining the standard of quality that DXV is known for for. Take a look at the press release below to learn more about these ground breaking faucets.
Press Release (content provided by DXV)
DXV proudly announces that its revolutionary collection of 3D printed residential faucets ― the Vibrato, Trope and Shadowbrook styles ― are now offered at select kitchen and bath showrooms across the United States.
These stunning models are the first-ever collection of 3D printed metal faucets created using Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS), 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.
“Each in their own unique way, the Vibrato, Trope and Shadowbrook 3D printed faucets elevate the ordinary act of turning on a faucet into memorable and nearly magical moment in the home,” said Margaret Monteleone, director of DXV product marketing for LIXIL Water Technology Americas, the business unit under which DXV operates. “We are so proud of the countless accolades this unique collection has received from the design community. We are very excited to offer these breathtaking designs to even the most discerning luxury customer.”
The faucets are printed using a computer-guided laser beam that fuses powdered metal into the desired shape with high heat and pressure. A solid metal block gradually arises out of the powder, and is then hand-finished to smooth extraneous metal and reveal the design. In a revival 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.
This 3D printing process opens up exciting possibilities for the design and function of faucets, enabling avant-garde ways to present water and completely redefine the user experience, as each of the DXV 3D printed faucets distinctly showcases.
This innovative collection has received numerous prestigious design awards including:
- A Platinum A’ Design Award – judging it to be in the top one percent of entries – for its functionality, performance, reliability, interaction and aesthetic beauty;
- A Silver International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) from the Industrial Designer Society of America;
- Finalist in the 2016 R&D 100 Awards, known as the “Oscars of Invention”, in the Process/Prototyping category;
- The Gold award in Best of the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in the “Bath” category;
- A Best of BDwest Product Design Award from Boutique Design.
The Shadowbrook faucet has also been selected to be part of the permanent collection at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich.
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