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The collection of 3D printed metal bathroom sink faucets from DXV by American Standard was recognized with a Best of BDwest Product Design Award at the annual trade fair hosted by Boutique Design. This competition honors designers and manufacturers of goods demonstrating progress in aesthetics, functionality, and most importantly, innovation in their product category.
These first-of-their-kind 3D printed faucets were also recognized by the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show as the 2016 Best of Show Gold winner in the Bath category.
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 the tradition of bespoke craftsmanship, each faucet is then hand-finished by an artisan who gives it a rich, fine patina feel that mimics the texture found on antique silver pieces.