3D printing (or additive manufacturing, AM) is any of various processes used to make a three-dimensional object. In 3D printing, additive processes are used, in which successive layers of material are laid down under computer control. These objects can be of almost any shape or geometry, and are produced from a 3D model or other electronic data source. A 3D printer is a type of industrial robot that is now available for domestic use from under $500 for a printer that uses a polymer (plastic) filament to create light, small objects. 3-D printing is creating a revolution in manufacturing and most industries are now implementing AM into their production line process.
By example, American Standard Brands has launched the first commercially available faucets created with 3D printing. The DXV faucets are the first ready-for-market working faucets to be printed in metal. All three DXV faucets have received NSF certification. The faucets meet the water-saving standards of the WaterSense label.
Two of the new faucets are focused on reinventing the way that water is brought to the user. In this faucet, the incredibly high strength of the alloy enables fine structures of concealed waterways that converge at the top, shortly before reaching the water- and cost-reducing aerator.
And for bigger projects? Check out this proposed bridge in Amsterdam.