Die cutting is a fabrication process used to convert material by cutting, forming, and shearing it into custom shapes and designs. Due to its versatility and customizability, the process is suitable for a wide range of materials and in a variety of manufacturing applications, ranging from labels to gaskets to heat shields.

There are several types of die cutting processes employed today, including flatbed die, laser, and rotary die cutting. Generally, the process’s name indicates its particularities: flatbed die cutting utilizes a flatbed die and press, laser involves the use of a high-speed laser cutting machine, and rotary employs cylindrical rotary dies and a rotary press. The requirements and specifications demanded by a particular die cutting application—e.g., materials, sizing, tolerances, costs, turnaround times, etc.—help determine the type of die cutting process most suitable to use for it.

While each type has its advantages and disadvantages in regards to manufacturing, this article focuses on the rotary die cutting process, outlining the basics of the process, and the components and mechanics of the rotary die cutting machine. Additionally, the article explores various rotary die cutting capabilities and the benefits and limitations of the process.

The Rotary Die Cutter Press and Process
For the rotary die cutting process to run smoothly and at optimum capacity, several factors should be taken into consideration, such as the rotary cutting machine’s configuration and settings, the material being cut and its properties, as well as the type of rotary cutting die employed.

Read more: Understanding Rotary Die Cutting

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