The plumbing fixture is comprised of formed stainless steel, an insert, electronic parts, LED sensors, batteries and a sensor cover. The fundamental demand was that the insert itself be waterproof, and at the same time acts as a holder and enables the flow of water.
With this in mind a solution was sought for the simple closing of the part of the insert, in which an electronic part is located. With this function the insert / plumbing fixture obtained a new element, a sensor cover, which has a dual function. The outer appearance of the insert obtained a new feature, which monitors the waves of water as they exit the fixture. In the same manner, the waves influence the sensor function of the fixture, the new feature of the insert therefore combines a number of different functions.
Given the demands of the insert itself, with all perforations and details, as well as the outer appearance, it was very clear early on that such an insert would not be able to be produced with existing technological processes. For the requirements of small series production it would have been possible to produce the insert using classical tooling technology, but with regard to fact that the insert was already constructed in a CAD format, the only sensible and correct way forward was via CNC machining or 3D printing.