American Standard Brand introduces 3D printed taps
American Standard Brand introduces 3D printed taps

American Standard Brands has launched what it says is the first commercially-available metal taps created with additive manufacturing (AM).

The company laser sintered a high strength Iconel alloy to enable fine structures of concealed waterways that converge at the top. This construction creates the impression that water appears magically out of the tap.

One design is a mesh of delicate latticework, while the second tap has the waterways separated into four thin sections, giving it a more traditional appearance.

With one tap, the design team used computational fluid dynamic (CFD) technology to adjust each of the 19 waterways to achieve the proper effect.

The taps were then finished to give a hand-polished look and feel.

The new taps will be available for around US$12,000–US$20,000.

This story is reprinted from material from American Standard Brand, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.

The company laser sintered a high strength Iconel alloy to enable fine structures of concealed waterways that converge at the top.
The company laser sintered a high strength Iconel alloy to enable fine structures of concealed waterways that converge at the top.