WMF has been making cutlery for more than 150 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.
• From these, strategies are developed as to which design suits which target group and where requirements need to be met.
• Using the new cutlery design a model is made that is assessed by a selection of testers.
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.