Let’s begin with a short explanation of the concept for anyone who is not already familiar with it. Die cutting is a method of making holes in relatively thin materials (approx. 0.1 mm to 8 mm thick). A tool called a cutting die or punch is used to press through the material against counter-pressure from an object called a counter­plate or make-ready.

Morgan Thiberg
Morgan Thiberg, Strokirk-Landströms.

Both the die and the make-ready have polished edges with contours corresponding to those that the die cut object will have. The aim of die cutting is that there should not occur any break around the cut surface. Morgan Thiberg, of the well-reputed printers Strokirk-Landströms in Lidköping, Sweden, has extensive experience in projects involving die cutting. Here he shares some key factors to keep in mind for a perfect result.


Created 7 July, 2017.