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3D printing used to create new multi-waste manifold for high-rise applications


With the increase in demand for high-rise accommodation across the UK, soil and drainage specialist Saint-Gobain PAM has utilised the latest in 3D design and printing, to create a new low connection multi-waste cast iron manifold, aimed at tackling the drainage challenges faced by contractors building high-rise structures.

The new manifold addresses the trend towards walk in showers and wet rooms, whilst also recognising the squeeze on distances between floors and smaller ceiling voids in which to fit services and make the necessary waste water connections.

Commenting on the development of its new manifold and its adoption of 3D printing for rapid product development, Mike Rawlings, Marketing Manager for Saint-Gobain PAM said:

“Our collaborative 3D design and print approach allows us to quickly address industry challenges across different sectors. We now have the ability to develop and test prototypes in a matter of days. This is achieved by producing a resin model and then using it to develop a mould for a cast iron component, so customers can physically see the solution.

By being able to collaborate with the industry in this way, we are able to dramatically cut down the development to production cycle, enabling customers to quickly benefit from new products like the low connection multi-waste manifold.”

The new low connection multi-waste manifold is available initially in 100mm diameter but will be closely followed by 150mm diameters by the end of March. The fittings offer up to six 50mm/2” BSP waste inlets and have been flow rate tested by CRM Rainwater Drainage Consultancy. The 100mm unit has been tested to a vertical flow of 1.8 l/s which is consistent with a 6 l/s WC flush and all six 2” waste inlets at a flow of 1 l/s at the same time. The manifold has an internal baffle to eliminate any cross flow.

Designed for easy installation, the 2” waste inlets comfortably fit in the ceiling/floor area and an extended spigot accommodates a floor slab of up to 400mm without the need to make connections. The spigot has 10mm cut marks to make it simple to cut to length. Both the 100mm and 150mm diameter manifolds minimise the core hole diameter, fitting into a 200mm or 225mm hole respectively.

The new cast iron low waste connection manifold is available in both the Ensign range with mechanical joints and the fast installation EEZI-FIT range with its push fit connections to product standard BS EN 877.

For further information about the low waste connection manifold, contact: Saint-Gobain PAM UK, Lows Lane, Stanton-by-Dale, Ilkeston, Derbyshire. DE7 4QU. Tel: 0115 930 5000. Email: Sales.uk.pam@saint-gobain.com Or visit: www.saint-gobain-pam.co.uk

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