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The Humble Faucet Gets a 3D-Printed Makeover

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Enterprising designers have 3D printed sofas, apartments, even castles—but who knew the simple faucet had so much untapped (pardon the pun) potential? Designed by American Standard's DXV, the faucets are made using a particular 3D printing process called laser sintering. Essentially, a computer-controlled laser melts and fuses metal powder to make a solid form. The process takes 24 hours for a single faucet but the results are remarkable: tiny channels, hidden in the metal structure, allow water to flow. The faucets will be available within the next year but they won't be cheap, retailing for $10,000 to $12,000.

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