Die-cutting is a process used to cut and shape materials, such as paper, cardboard, plastic, and foam, into specific shapes and sizes. The process involves using a die, which is a metal tool with a cutting edge in the shape of the desired product, to apply pressure to the material and cut it into the desired shape.
The die-cutting process can be performed using a variety of methods, including rotary die-cutting and flatbed die-cutting. In rotary die-cutting, the material is fed through a cylindrical die that cuts the material as it passes through. In flatbed die-cutting, the material is placed on a flat surface and the die is pressed down onto the material to cut it.
Die-cutting is commonly used in the packaging, printing, and paper products industries to produce a wide range of products, including boxes, cartons, labels, and packaging components. The process allows manufacturers to produce complex shapes and designs that would be difficult to achieve through other methods, such as printing or manual cutting.
The die-cutting process is often performed in combination with other converting processes, such as printing, laminating, and slitting, to produce finished products.