How Material Properties Influence the Flatbed Die Cutting Process

July 18, 2019

The world of die cutting is as wide as it is deep. There are a multitude of processes available for you in order to help facilitate the job that you need to complete. One of the most common types of die cutting processes is that of flatbed die cutting. Today, we are going to take a close look at flatbed die cutting as well as the impact and influence that different material choices can have on the process. By the end of our discussion, you should have a thorough understanding of flatbed die cutting and the material properties that you'll run into.

Material Properties in Flatbed Die Cutting

Flatbed die cutting is one of the most common and effective die cutting methods around. This process is perfect for scenarios where you need to cut through a robust amount of material in a relatively short time. Thanks to the way that flatbed die cutting machines are set up, you can use basically any material during your cutting experience. Having said that, the different materials that you use will change how the process operates.

1) Low Structural Strength - The ideal materials for the flatbed die cutting machine will include those that are relatively low in structural integrity. Among the top materials for use in the machine will be plastic, foam, rubber, and thin metal sheets. The reason for this is that low structural strength materials will yield easily to the machine, thus allowing for quick, efficient, and clean cuts.

2) High Structural Strength - When you work with harder materials, you will also find success with die cutting machines. Flatbed die cutting can exert significant amount of force on the materials that you are working with. If you want to use heavier metals, that'll work fine, too. Essentially, flatbed die cutting machines are capable of handling both strong and weak materials, though the impact will be different based on what type it is that you are using.

3) Thicker Materials - Finally, flatbed die cutting machines work most effectively when you are working with pliable, thicker materials. Thicker materials work better with your die cutting machine than thinner materials. Why is this the case? Well, thicker materials can bend and yield with the force of the machine without snapping. The thicker the material that you are using, the less likely you are going to stunt the integrity of the process.

No matter what your die cutting needs are, the team at Triforme Pty LTD can help you out. Established in 1981, Triforme specializes in all thing pertaining to die cutting. Call today for a consultation on your next service!

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