A New Dimension

by | Dec 2, 2019 | #bathrooms

Among the most startling innovations presented at this year’s ISH exhibition were taps made using a 3D metal printer…

For some time now, 3D printing has been regarded as the manufacturing technology of the future, and components made via 3D printing have set new standards for premium manufacturers in the automotive and aircraft industry for example. In a first for the bathroom sector however, GROHE is offering its Atrio Icon 3D and Allure Brilliant Icon 3D, two unique tap designs created using 3D metal-printing.

“What you see is the future of design. For consumers, it’s the future of their own creativity and ultimate personalisation”

Presented for the first time at ISH in Frankfurt in March, the metal-printing process makes virtually any geometry possible. By refining the shapes to their bare essentials, the corrosion-resistant steel used as a raw, highly castable material also comes to the fore in the final product.

The reduction of the design and the emphasis on the pure essence of the shapes not only saves resources, but also offers a new interactive experience of water. The ultra-thin walls of the Atrio Icon 3D and the hollow interior in the Allure Brilliant make the water flow look like an optical illusion.

Michael Seum, Vice President Design at GROHE, said: “We believe that something completely new needs a bold vision. What is possible or not possible becomes a question of perspective. With Icon 3D we are opening up a completely new way of thinking about product design in the future.

We overcome boundaries by using 3D metal-printing to create products that at first appear impossible. This production method offers the option to design taps in small quantities according to the wishes of our customers. There are no limits set for individual personalisation.”

The components are produced by printing metal, using a powder bed laser melting process. Each component for the tap consists of approximately 4,700 layers that are each 0.06mm thick, providing it with forging strength. After printing, the component is mechanically treated on a CNC milling machine, followed by a manual grinding and fine brushing procedure as the last step of the finish. Each product is available in a brushed raw steel finish and the collection is limited to a few pieces per year.

A unique formula of granules has been exclusively developed by GROHE for its 3D metal-printers located at its Hemer manufacturing site in Germany. “The design of our new faucets GROHE Atrio Icon 3D and GROHE Allure Brilliant Icon 3D are beyond belief.

They make the unthinkable possible,” said GROHE CEO Michael Rauterkus. “What you see is the future of design. For consumers, it’s the future of their own creativity and ultimate personalisation. We believe that 3D metal-printing will revolutionise the water experience in the home. It’s the ultimate blend of customisation and industrial production.”

GROHE / grohe.co.uk

A New Dimension

by | Dec 2, 2019 | #bathrooms

Among the most startling innovations presented at this year’s ISH exhibition were taps made using a 3D metal printer…

For some time now, 3D printing has been regarded as the manufacturing technology of the future, and components made via 3D printing have set new standards for premium manufacturers in the automotive and aircraft industry for example. In a first for the bathroom sector however, GROHE is offering its Atrio Icon 3D and Allure Brilliant Icon 3D, two unique tap designs created using 3D metal-printing.

“What you see is the future of design. For consumers, it’s the future of their own creativity and ultimate personalisation”

Presented for the first time at ISH in Frankfurt in March, the metal-printing process makes virtually any geometry possible. By refining the shapes to their bare essentials, the corrosion-resistant steel used as a raw, highly castable material also comes to the fore in the final product. The reduction of the design and the emphasis on the pure essence of the shapes not only saves resources, but also offers a new interactive experience of water. The ultra-thin walls of the Atrio Icon 3D and the hollow interior in the Allure Brilliant make the water flow look like an optical illusion.

Michael Seum, Vice President Design at GROHE, said: “We believe that something completely new needs a bold vision. What is possible or not possible becomes a question of perspective. With Icon 3D we are opening up a completely new way of thinking about product design in the future.

We overcome boundaries by using 3D metal-printing to create products that at first appear impossible. This production method offers the option to design taps in small quantities according to the wishes of our customers. There are no limits set for individual personalisation.”

The components are produced by printing metal, using a powder bed laser melting process. Each component for the tap consists of approximately 4,700 layers that are each 0.06mm thick, providing it with forging strength.

After printing, the component is mechanically treated on a CNC milling machine, followed by a manual grinding and fine brushing procedure as the last step of the finish. Each product is available in a brushed raw steel finish and the collection is limited to a few pieces per year.

A unique formula of granules has been exclusively developed by GROHE for its 3D metal-printers located at its Hemer manufacturing site in Germany.

“The design of our new faucets GROHE Atrio Icon 3D and GROHE Allure Brilliant Icon 3D are beyond belief. They make the unthinkable possible,” said GROHE CEO Michael Rauterkus. “What you see is the future of design. For consumers, it’s the future of their own creativity and ultimate personalisation. We believe that 3D metal-printing will revolutionise the water experience in the home. It’s the ultimate blend of customisation and industrial production.”

GROHE / grohe.co.uk

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