A Brief Introduction to the Process of Cutting Formes

July 27, 2021

Tons of products today are generated by a wide array of processes. Some are manually crafted by workers, while others are processed through an automated machine.

One process that can be utilised by businesses is forme-cutting. This specific process produces formes that can be extremely useful for scoring and shaping paper, cardboard, and other related materials. The formes produced by the process serve as the template for workpieces, ensuring that they can obtain specific shapes and styles needed by various businesses.The forme-cutting process is useful in the craft and packaging industries.

The Process of Cutting Formes

Before formes can be utilised by the aforementioned industries, they must be created first. Of course, the shapes and styles of the formes may vary according to the requirements of a specific application. However, the process of creating them may be similar.

The first step in creating formes is to generate a keyline. A keyline or a dieline refers to the template that is set to reflect the final structure of a forme. Typically, it is generated by die cutters or printing companies and may be comprised of a perforation line, a cut line, or a fold line. For the keyline to be processed, it must be generated in vector files. It must likewise have accurate specifications to avoid any issues and mishaps. Ultimately, it must be created by a team of professionals to prevent future errors.

After creating a keyline, it must be sent to a plotting machine or a laser cutting machine. This specific machine is responsible for cutting out the forme material and marking areas that need to be perforated, cut, or creased. A quick sample can be produced during this step so that the customer can approve it first. Once approved, the forme maker can now integrate the knives and foam to the forme board and generate the final cutting forme.

Maximising the Cutting Formes

The final cutting forme, at this point, can now be maximised in a die cutting machine. With high-quality cutting formes, a lot of products can be produced out of substrates, paper, cardboard, and many more. Some products that can be created with cutting formes include packaging products, labels, presentation folders, swing tags, stickers, drink coasters, and business cards.

What makes cutting formes great for the creation of these products is that they can handle numerous tasks at a single time. They allow industries to cut, score, perforate, and punch holes in a single run, making the whole process cost-effective and sustainable in the long run.

To know more about cutting formes, feel free to call us at Triforme. We commenced operations in 1981, manufacturing flatbed steel rule cutting formes, flatbed label dies, and die-cutting supplies for printing and scrapbook industries. We also do design and sample making of cartons, folders, cardboard stencils etc. including routing of any material for name profiles and assorted signs. With the introduction of computerised equipment, we pride ourselves on the extreme accuracy of our finished products.

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VIC 3136
Email: design@triforme.com.au
Phone: +61(3)9723 4400

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