Die cutting is the process of using a die to shear webs of low-strength materials, such as rubber, fiber, foil, cloth, paper, paperboards, plastics, foam and sheet metal. Die cutter machines can be divided in flatbed or rotary presses. Rotary die cutters are often used in line with printing. The difference between rotary die cutters and flatbed die cutters is that usually the flatbed machines are not as fast as the rotary machines, however the tools for flatbed machinery are usually cheaper.

Rotary die cutting

The process of rotary die cutting is using a cylindrical die on a rotary press. A long sheet or web of material will be fed through the press into an area known as a “station”, which holds a rotary tool that will cut out shapes, make perforations or creases or cut the sheet in to smaller parts. A series of gears will make sure that the die rotates at the same speed as the rest of the press. Machines used for this process can incorporate multiple stations, which die cut a particular shape into the material.

Flatbed die cutting

Flatbed die cutting is also known as steel rule die cutting. It is a fabrication process which employs a flatbed cutting press and custom steel dies, to convert material into custom shapes. Where rotary die cutters are not really suitable for thicker materials, flatbed die cutters are mainly suited to process thicker material, cut larger parts and produce small volumes.

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