PISCATAWAY, N.J. (October 20, 2016) ― 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.
The Vibrato, Trope and Shadowbrook faucets are now on display at PIRCH SoHo in New York City and can be purchased at Ferguson showrooms in Santa Monica, Pasadena, and San Francisco, Calif.; Scottsdale, Ariz.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Dallas, Texas; and Rockville, Md. Likewise, Decorative Plumbing Supply in San Carlos, Calif., and Grande Central Showroom, 56th Street, New York, N.Y. will have these exquisite faucets for sale.
“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.
The Vibrato faucet is priced at $19,500, the Trope at $17,000, and the Shadowbrook at $18,000. For more information, visit www.dxv.com or call (800) 227-2734.
ABOUT AMERICAN STANDARD BRANDS
American Standard Brands make life healthier, safer and more beautiful at home, at work, in the community and throughout the world. Offering total project solutions for residential and commercial customers around the world with respected brands such as American Standard®, DXV®, Safety Tubs®, Crane Plumbing®, Eljer®, Fiat® and Decorative Panels International®. American Standard Brands is owned by LIXIL Corporation, and is part of LIXIL Water Technology business, which operates across 150 countries. The LIXIL Water Technology brands include: LIXIL, INAX, GROHE, American Standard, and JAXSON. Learn more at www.americanstandard.com, or follow us at twitter.com/AmStandard, https://www.facebook.com/AmericanStandardPlumbing.
Vibrato®, Trope® and Shadowbrook® are registered trademarks of American Standard Brands.
ABOUT LIXIL CORPORATION
LIXIL Corporation is a global leader in housing and building materials products and services, and part of LIXIL Group Corporation (TSE Code: 5938), the listed holding company that also contains LIXIL VIVA CORPORATION and LIXIL Housing Research Institute, Ltd. The foundation of LIXIL’s success is our constant investment in technological innovation to improve the way we live. Delivering core strengths in water, housing, building and kitchen technologies, our brand portfolio businesses LIXIL, GROHE, American Standard Brands and Permasteelisa are leaders in the industries and regions in which they operate. LIXIL produces some of the world’s most fundamental and innovative products and services, and our solutions are an integral part of some of the world’s most iconic and cutting-edge living and working spaces. Operating in more than 150 countries, and employing more than 80,000 people, we bring together function, quality and design to make people’s lives better, and more delightful – wherever they are.