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 a object called a counter­plate or make-ready.

Morgan Thiberg
Morgan Thiberg

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 of projects involving die-cutting. Here he shares some key factors to keep in mind for a perfect result.