KALLISTA, a leading designer and provider of luxury kitchen and bath products, unveiled the Grid 3D printed faucet for the sink – which was produced by 3rd Dimension using 3D Systems’ DMP metal 3D printing technology. Using 3D printing technologies afforded KALLISTA design without limitations to bring this first of its kind sink faucet to market.
The luxury brand’s design team embarked on a journey to create a faucet in a unique geometry. In deciding to produce the spout via 3D printing, the designers were able 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,” said Bill McKeone, design studio manager, 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 , a metal part manufacturer specializing in 3D direct metal printing and based in Indianapolis. 3rd Dimension employed 3D Systems’ ProX DMP 320 high-performance metal additive manufacturing system. To avoid rust and corrosion, the faucets are printed with 3D Systems’ LaserForm 316L, its stainless steel 316 powder material.
“In order to realize the best product, you have to start with the best tools,” said Bob Markley, president, 3rd Dimension. “The strength of the 3D Systems technology and materials, coupled with the expertise of our engineers and machinists allowed us to rapidly produce and deliver these high-end faucets for KALLISTA.”
As this was the first additively manufactured product for KALLISTA, the team at 3rd Dimension led them through a program to develop the as-designed concept for the 3D printing process. Developing the design for additive manufacturing meant that KALLISTA was able to avoid the common delays of weeks or months needed for any kind of production tooling. 3rd Dimension’s experience with the 3D Systems ProX DMP 320 and engineering expertise enabled KALLISTA to produce the Grid faucet flawlessly. Because of the efficiencies and repeatability afforded by 3D printing, the parts were rapidly produced within hours.
“This is just one example of the value 3D printing brings to a production environment,” said David Cullen, director of applications engineering, 3D Systems. “Through the combination of materials, print technology, software and services, KALLISTA was able to bring their visionary design to market.”