Tape Innovations has an extensive range of equipment and experience to assist in bringing value to our customers. We have diversified our cutting capabilities to include die cutting with both steel rule as well as rotary die which will accommodate for high output production, water jet and laser cutting, router and mill work. Other capabilities include lamination of materials, custom printed box sealing tape, pad printing and distribution. Our engineering department can assist with design as well.
STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO DIE-CUTTING
There are steps and methods involved in the whole process of die cutting. But firstly, what is die cutting?
Die cutting is a process used to create customized designs and impressions on materials. You can use it to fabricate, design and convert stock materials to desired shapes and design. Having noted this, let's dive into the discussion on the step-by-step guide to die cutting.
The first step is to create a die with the design of your prescription. A die is used to emboss a specialized design on a material. The folds on the die are referred to as die-line. These are the designing shapes and inscriptions on die.
After creating the die, you'll need to emboss the die on the material. This will replicate the design of the die-line on the material. So, you should ensure that the fold line, cut line are well crafted.
There are several methods of embossing the die on the material. Depending on the quality of the material, quantity of materials, the financial budget, and other considerations, you can use any of the following methods of embossment:
Creasing: When you create a fold line on a stock material with two parallel stress points, you simply die cutting by Creasing. Mostly, this method is advisable when you want to die cut a corrugated material.
Perforation: Rather than creating a fold line, you can also die cut by Perforation. Here, you will create several tiny holes on the material. You can make the holes by puncturing the materials. These tiny holes will hold the die-cut designs.
Metal-to-Metal Die Cutting: You can also emboss the die on the material through metal-to-metal die cutting. When you use adhesive backing to die cut a plastic material, you'll die-cut the adhesive and plastic face layers of this material. Here, the stock material is not attached to the die cut design.
Kiss Cutting: Alternatively, you can fix the stock material to the die cut designs, while the stock material can be easily removed. This procedure is Kiss cutting.
Flatbed Die Cutting: You can also die cut by focusing on a single spot of the stock material by imprinting a strong die impression on that particular spot. The impression on that spot will spread through to not less than half of the other parts of the material.
When you want to emboss die on a thick texture material, you should use the flatbed die cutting. The two major implements you will need here are the custom steel rule dies and the flatbed die cutting press.
Other than the above manual conventional method, you can also die-cut by digital die cutting. Unlike the conventional methods above, you'll not be needing dies here at all. You will use computer generated lasers and tools to create cuts which will be imprinted on the material
Plasma cutting is another process available to you. With excessively heated ionized gas directed to it, you can use a plasma torch to design materials into desired shapes.
At Tape innovations, we adhere to the industry best practices in our die cutting services.