Craftsmanship and modern product design

WMF has been making cutlery for more than 160 years. It has been a long journey from the first books of samples and technical model making to modern CAD developments. From the outset, WMF cutlery was always produced with meticulous care and its design set the trends for contemporary taste. WMF product development has always followed current market strategies. The lifestyle habits of different cultures worldwide are being observed in order to identify trends early on. International designers use this to develop contemporary cutlery styles. Before a cutlery model is launched on the market, it is tested in various target groups. This sound procedure is characteristic for the sustained success of WMF cutlery and this is confirmed by a number of international awards.

Design and development

• The basis is formed by research into trends and the observation of lifestyle habits around the entire world.

• Out of that, strategies are developed to meet the requirements of the respective target group with suitable design.

• Using the new cutlery design a model is made that is assessed by a selection of testers.

From an idea to the finished cutlery – model making using the most up to date technology

Alongside traditional model making, WMF is developing cutlery models with the most modern 3D Poly Jet technology. Using the three dimensional cutlery design developed on CAD, a plastic model, accurate in every detail, is printed in 3D printing. To do this, the data set is
broken up into layers and the Poly jet printing machine prints layer for layer, one over the other. The width of the layers made of photopolymer resins is in the μ range. Each layer is hardened with the aid of UV lamps immediately after printing. As 3D printing is a relatively fast process, it is ideal for optimising design models. A detailed model is milled from brass to check the cutlery for its haptic qualities and weight.

3D plastic model

Plastic print in layered process
Plastic print in layered process
Plastic model is lined so that the exact shape of the bowl is reproduced.
Plastic model is lined so that the exact shape of the bowl is reproduced.
The model is removed from the carrier plate with a spatula.
The model is removed from the carrier plate with a spatula.
Printing of model is completed
Printing of model is completed

Brass model

Brass block clamped for milling a cutlery model.
Brass block clamped for milling a cutlery model.
Carving out the brass block. 4 to 1mm are removed.
Carving out the brass block. 4 to 1mm are removed.
Smoothing – removal of the protruding excess material.
Smoothing – removal of the protruding excess material.
Cutlery model still anchored in the brass block
Cutlery model still anchored in the brass block