I normally don't get worked up about sinks. I use them after I go to the bathroom. I wash my coffee mugs in them. As a baby, I was routinely bathed in one.
That's why these metal, 3D printed faucets from American Standard are hitting me so hard. They look incredible. But I just don't get them. Where is water? How is water? I guess, like with microwaves and the US government, I'm just going to have to accept the fact that I'll never know how they work.
So there's a few things going on here: first off, they printed these things out, and they're made of metal. On their website, American Standard claims these are the first and only 3D-printed metal faucets in existence.
Using a process called selective laser sintering, computer-guided laser beams are used to fuse powdered metal in custom shapes, which are then cooled and polished. The whole process takes about 24 hours.
How does the agua flow through the intricate latticework displayed here?
According to American Standard's site, "The incredibly high strength of the alloy enables fine structures of concealed waterways that converge at the top, shortly before reaching the aerator. This construction creates the impression that water appears magically out of the faucet."
It sure does.
These faucet designs will be available in select showrooms (pray your showroom is selected) over the next 12 months, and will retail somewhere between $12,000 and $20,000.
A small price to pay for a little slice of bespoke magic.
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