The die-cutting process is a popular manufacturing technique within the packaging industry. It involves the use of a die that is used to cut soft materials into a variety of packaging designs and shapes.

The ability to mass-produce custom packaging is where the real value of the die-cutting process lies. Die-cut packaging is easier, faster and more cost-effective to create custom packaging at a larger scale.

In this article, we’ll be exploring the die-cutting process and its role in custom packaging.

Understanding the Die Cutting Process
A cutting die is essentially a giant cookie cutter that is pressed into the material to form the desired shape of the packaging.

Die-cutting has come a long way from its origins in the shoemaking industry during the industrial revolution.

Initially designed to aid the mass production of packaging, die-cutting has developed into a versatile fabrication process.

Virtually any shape, design or pattern can be created using a cutting die.

Custom packaging is produced using custom steel dies and die-cutting machines.

This form of manufacturing allows for the mass production of packaging. But more importantly, die-cut packaging ensures precision accuracy.

How is a cutting die made?
Developments in technology and manufacturing techniques of cutting dies, ensure the most effective and accurate design of die-cut boxes. Typically, the packaging outline is generated by Computer-Aided Design (CAD).

This digitised drawing is transferred onto a piece of hardwood known as a die board.

The most sophisticated method for drawing designs onto die boards is by burning onto the wooden surface using state of the art laser cutters.

Read more: The Die Cutting Process in Packaging

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