At the School of Architecture in Aarhus (Denmark), three Zünd cutters work around the clock operated by 650 students who use them for assignments, projects and presentations.
“The minute you step into the workshop of the college, you are met with a creative bustling of sounds and sights,” says a Zünd press release. “Groups of students are gathered around their projects, deeply concentrated on creating projects in cardboard, wood, MDF, plastic, ceramics and metal. All types of materials are brought into use, when the next generation of architects visualize their ideas, and create their projects and presentations.
“For the students, the cutters from Zünd are indispensable. The college has three cutters, that are in use 24/7. For access to the cutters, the students log into an online booking system and reserve a time slot."
"No other cutter is as user-friendly and easy to operate as the ones from Zünd,” says the supervisor of the college’s workshop, Kasper Riis. “It is as good as it gets! We can let our students use the machines around the clock unsupervised, and the machines are in very good shape – in spite of the numbers of operators. The cutters are very popular with the students because of their user-friendliness. The college has other and larger machines and robots, that route in 3D and can process heavier materials. But these require supervision, and are not easily accessible – like the Zünd cutters.
"We use our cutters to help students all the way through the process,” Riis says. “Of course the cutters are used for creating models and presentations – but just as important, the machines are used for exploring the limits and extents of materials, and find new and different ways of creating shapes and forms. A material may as a starting point be rigid and hard – but when cut, creased and routed becomes soft and flexible. Vice versa, fragile and soft materials can be reconstructed to be strong and endurable."