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The innovative collection of 3D printed residential faucets from DXV by American Standard has been named a Silver Winner in the 36th annual International Design Excellence Awards announced by the Industrial Designers Society of America on Aug. 17.
The 3D printed residential faucets are among more than 1,700 projects from 30-plus countries that competed in IDEA 2016. The Vibrato, Trope and Shadowbrook 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.
“Winning the prestigious IDEA Award is quite an achievement and speaks volumes about the ambition, creativity and determination of the DXV product design team,” said Maha El Kharbotly, chief marketing officer of LIXIL Water Technology Americas, the global business unit under which DXV operates. “We foresee that 3D printing will have a major transforming effect on the building and construction industry. Our 3D printed faucets represent the commitment of DXV to be a leader in this paradigm shift by designing products that will enhance the quality of consumers’ lives.”