Zünd Cutter

Overview of the Zünd cutter.
Photo of Zund machine, in L33 of Gund Hall.

Location: Gund L33

The Zünd is a modular cutting and marking system capable of working with a wide range of materials, including paper products, leather, fabric, felt, flexible and rigid foam, plastics, composite boards, wax, non-ferrous metals, and more.

Vector-based 2D drawings are used to define where the machine will cut, layers can be used to specify cut order and to assign cut depth and operation type to vectors within a single file. A camera mounted to the tool carriage can detect edges and other registration features, aligning operations with edges of the media or printed graphics.

There is no charge for use, but users must supply their own materials and are expected to format files and assist with operation of the machine. Technical Assistants are available for consult and support at every stage of the process, including evaluating materials and part design before cutting.

Like other areas of the Lab, access is limited to faculty and staff of the GSD, and students enrolled in courses offered at the GSD. Basic Health and Safety training is required for all Lab users, visit the Training Portal page for links to training and more information.