Kallista Debuts 3D-Printed FaucetApril 19, 2018
Kallista’s design team, seeking to create a faucet in a unique geometry, decided to produce the Grid via 3D printing, allowing designers to design without limitations to create an open form and discreet interior channels that allow water to flow easily through the base.
“Designers usually need to consider a manufacturing process and they have to design around that process,” says Bill McKeone, design studio manager at Kallista. “By choosing to produce this faucet via 3D printing, we opened ourselves to limitless design possibilities. 3D Systems’ breadth of materials and technologies allowed us the freedom to create a unique, functional faucet which would not have been possible with a traditional manufacturing process.”
The faucets were produced by metal 3D-printing specialist 3rd Dimension, Indianapolis, IN, which employed 3D Systems’ ProX DMP 320 metal additive-manufacturing (AM) system. To avoid rust and corrosion, the faucets are printed with 3D Systems’ LaserForm 316L, a Type 316 stainless-steel powder.