Flatbed die cutting is the process of cutting your desired shapes and designs out of a specific sheeted material through the use of a hydraulic flatbed press. Materials that can be processed through flatbed die cutting include paper, plastic, metal, rubber, composites, laminates, and others. The process of flatbed die cutting is suitable for processing thick materials, producing large parts, and finishing small and short orders.
To date, many industries take advantage of flatbed die cutting. Some of them are gasket manufacturers, packaging companies, labelling, printing, and many more. These companies make use of flatbed die cutting since the material deformation with this process is minimised. This process also decreases lead times for multiple parts and lessens tooling costs.
The aforementioned companies and industries also enjoy the following capabilities of flatbed die cutting.
When the die cuts the design through the entire material, then a through cutting happens. This type of cutting varies depending on the materials used. With adhesive lined materials, the face, adhesive, and backing material layers are cut through. On the other hand, all layers involved in dying multi-layered materials are cut through. The stock material for this type of die cutting is fully separated from the design.
Kiss cutting is known to be applied for adhesive lined materials. The die on this type of die cutting will cut the design through the face and adhesive material layers, except for the backing material layer. When compared to the through cutting, the die cut design is not fully separated from the stock material. The design, however, can be removed from the intact backing layer.
With perforating, the die cut design is held in place on the stock material. This die cutting capability is possible through the help of punched-in holes. Shares almost the same quality with kiss cutting, the die cut design is also inseparable from the stock material. But instead of the intact backing layer, the die design from the perforating process can be detached along the perforated lines.
A different take in flatbed die cutting, scoring is a process where the die leaves an impression, indent, or partial cut at a single point on the stock material. The score of this process only penetrates or cuts through less than half of the material. With scoring, the thickness at the stress point is reduced, which allows square profile folds.
Another different process takes place with creasing. Creasing is a converting process where the die generates a fold line on the stock material. This process moulds the material to possess an inward bending bulge between two parallel stress points, which consequently increases the flexibility of the material at the crease. Creasing also reduces the amount of stress on the material at each folded points.
The capabilities of steel rule flatbed die cutting are truly beneficial for businesses that require different types of die cutting. If you are not sure the suitable die cutting method for your work, then you can contact us now at Triforme.
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