3D printed faucet is available
Following the production of wash basins and bathtubs by 3D printing technology, 3D printing technology has been used again in the sanitary field. According to foreign media reports, on January 9th, at the Building Materials Exhibition (KBIS) held in Orlando, Florida, the luxury bathroom brand KALLISTA under Kohler and a 3D printing company jointly launched the world's first 3D printed faucet to debut at the exhibition. It can be seen that the application of 3D printing technology in the field of sanitary ware is faster than imagined.
3D printing faucet
It is understood that as the world’s first 3D printing faucet, it uses 3D direct metal printing technology and uses high-quality stainless steel 316 powder materials to ensure that the faucet will not grow. Rust or corrosion. The appearance design is also very unique, the mesh format design shows a sense of fashion, and the hand feel is different from ordinary faucets. The unique cubic geometry of this faucet is not only beautiful, but also seamlessly matched with 3D printing nozzles, which makes the inside of the faucet open. The channel allows water to flow through the base.
KALLISTA design studio manager Bill McKeone revealed that this kind of manufacturing gives his team complete freedom to design space. 'Designers usually need to consider a manufacturing process, and they must design around this process,' McKeone said. 'By choosing to produce this faucet through 3D printing, we have opened up our own limitless design possibilities. The breadth of 3D printing materials and technology allows us to freely create a unique and functional faucet that is impossible with the traditional manufacturing process.' /p>
According to the cost, the current 3D printing technology in the bathroom industry to manufacture products is very expensive. Although the cost of the 3D printing faucet manufactured by the KALLISTA brand is not known, the wash basin made by a German company previously using 3D printing technology The cost price is between 1129 and 1599 euros, which is equivalent to between 8,800 and 12,500 yuan. In terms of raw materials, the KALLISTA brand uses stainless steel 316 powder material, and German companies use sand, so the manufacturing cost of 3D faucets will be higher.
3D printing washbasins
At present, the symbolic significance of 3D printing technology in the sanitary industry is more important than economic benefits. It opens up the future development of the sanitary industry A door, especially in the field of bathroom customization, greatly shortens the production time. The parts and components needed for sanitary products can be produced quickly. The representative of KALLISTA revealed: 'These parts are completed within a few hours.'
The significance of 3D printing technology to the sanitary ware industry is not limited to shortening the delivery time. , But to change the existing production system. At present, the main competitiveness of the sanitary ware industry is in addition to brand influence, as well as product quality competition. In the field of 3D printing, with the same raw materials and production equipment, the main factor affecting the competitiveness of enterprises in the future may be industrial designers. 3D printing technology gives industrial designers a broad space to play, and the competition of designers directly affects the competition of products in the market.
Although 3D printing technology is still in its infancy in the kitchen and bathroom industry, the future may bring unlimited possibilities to industrial designers in the kitchen and bathroom industry.