May 4, 2014

Pipe fittings play the critical role of joining pipes together, and in most case, they must have a specific size to make sure that a series of pipes will work together and change directions as needed.

Israeli designer Maya Ben David has come up with 'bypass', 3D printed water pipe fittings, a new and flexible solution for our basic needs: water.

Normally water system within houses has very specific standards of fittings- 90, 45 and T shape angles. Pipe connections can move only in those angles and are not interchangeable.

Existing fittings

With changes in technology, these systems are reshaped and reconfigured throughout time. Using 3D modeling and 3D printing technology, David has created a series of 3D printable pipe fittings and each Bypass component can be printed and match existing metal or new printed parts.

photographer Ilan Amichai

"By using 3d printing for designing and producing the fittings we are no longer bound by the abilities and costs of metal industry. We can create alternative fittings according to how we wish the pipes will go and how we imagine the space to be." notes David.

The project was designed for the Design Underground exhibition at Benyamini gallery in Tel Aviv, curated by shlomit bauman.


Posted in 3D Printing Applications

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Lonewolf wrote at 5/15/2014 7:08:18 PM:

Make this open source free to download to everyone.

AMnerd wrote at 5/7/2014 12:54:19 PM:

Yeah it would also work if you made it out of nylon. What I was trying to say is that if someone prints this with a low end machine things can go south very fast.

Mcain wrote at 5/5/2014 11:39:25 PM:

Amnerd >> you know, it's an IDEA, not a final model. btw - you COULD print this out of metal, so it would actually work!

AMnerd wrote at 5/5/2014 1:13:28 PM:

Please don't try this. The pipes will break and your house will flood

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