(BPT) – 3D printing is reimagining the way you see your bathroom.
When 3D printing was first invented it was intended to make product and manufacturing processes more efficient. Primarily used to perfect product design, the inventor Chuck Hull had no idea how it would change the way we live.
Today 3D printing has evolved beyond prototypes. Manufacturers all over the world now rely on it to produce parts/products experienced by consumers across the marketplace. This includes automobile, appliance, medical, and food parts, which have also become an important component in interior design.
The 3D-Printed Future
When Kallista, a division of Kohler, sought to execute its new Grid Sink Faucet design, the company quickly realized the idea couldn’t be executed via traditional manufacturing methods. Rather than sacrifice the design the team turned to 3D printing. Working with 3rd Dimension – an additive manufacturing services provider – Kallista employed a layer-by-layer production approach on 3D-printing technology to manufacture the faucet to its exact specifications. The resulting faucet is significantly stronger and durable than if it used traditional methods. By carrying through with this vision Kallista created a faucet that shifted from excessive elements to a design that boasts clean, understated lines of minimalist form.
The result was a faucet that delivers on its design without compromising functionality.
Additional Benefits of 3D Printing
While 3D-printing solutions are inspiring designers everywhere, 3D printing also offers several other benefits to companies and consumers:
* A single source of efficiency and strength. “Some assembly required” is a catchphrase synonymous with traditional manufacturing, which exposes the end product to errors in the pieces, poor construction and added time to fabricate the object. However, because 3D-printed objects are made in one solid piece, they solve many of these issues. They are structurally stronger, free of connection weaknesses, and assembled to specifications.
* Environmental consciousness. While traditional manufacturing takes raw materials and trims them down to the finished product, 3D printing builds the desired piece by adding material as the process progresses. This means it utilizes only the material necessary to create the object. The result is less waste and a reduced environmental impact.
* Faster results, favorable returns. The 3D-printing process offers a new level of accuracy and rapid part production with the ability to reduce – and in many cases, eliminate – material waste, which also favorably impacts a project’s overall bottom line.
Reimagining What’s Possible
Since its creation the Kallista Grid Faucet won seven awards, including “Best In Show” at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in 2018. It is proof that 3D-printing technology is reimagining the rules for manufacturing and design. As it printing continues to evolve it will push the boundaries in product design/production, transform manufacturing, and push the doors to what is possible.
To learn more visit www.kallista.com.