A collection of 3-D-printed faucets from DXV by American Standard was named an R&D 100 Award finalist for this year, in the Process/Prototyping category. The collection, which includes the Vibrato, Trope and Shadowbrook models, is the first ready-for-market line of residential faucets printed in metal.
The Shadowbrook, Trope and Vibrato faucets
“This prestigious recognition is a meaningful validation of the incredible efforts put forth by our DXV product design team,” says Jean-Jacques L’Henaff, vice president of design for faucets and fixtures for American Standard parent company LIXIL Water Technology Americas. “They pushed the boundaries of cutting-edge technologies to make it possible to create the delicate and dazzling forms of these 3-D printed faucets.”
The R&D 100 Awards are considered the “Oscars of Invention,” and recognize a wide range of products, including consumer goods and testing equipment, honoring industry, academia and government-sponsored research.
“These unique faucets represent a continuation of our proud 140-year-old tradition of innovation and incredible craftsmanship, starting with American Standard Brands and growing further with our luxury DXV line,” says Maha El Kharbotly, chief marketing officer for LIXIL Water Technology Americas. “We are so proud of this well-deserved honor and remain committed to our role as a leader in the paradigm shift represented by additive manufacturing in the building and construction industry.”