The die-cutting process in the packaging industry

Die cutting is a popular manufacturing process in the packaging industry.

Chances are, if you’re not a packaging expert, you probably don’t have a good idea of what the die-cutting process actually is.

Do not worry, you’re not the only one!

Die-cutting originated from letterpress printing and evolved into a more specific manufacturing process.

The die-cutting process in packaging uses a die to cut materials into a variety of different shapes, designs, and patterns.

It is most commonly used for, but not limited to, the manufacture of folding cartons.

Companies use die-cutting to create unique custom packaging tailored to their brand narratives and customer experience.

It is a very valuable process as it is easier, faster and more cost-effective to produce customized packaging in large quantities, making it a win-win situation for manufacturers and companies alike.

Here we will cover everything you need to know to better understand the die cutting process.

What is a die?

To understand the die cutting process, it is important to understand the components used to carry out the manufacturing.

So what exactly is a die?

A die is a specialized tool used to cut and shape packaging materials using a press.

You can think of a die as a «mold» that is the specific shape needed to cut your product packaging into custom shapes.

Ultimately, the first step in making your custom packaging is designing a die.

A die is created using tooling and die makers, such as ServiSuajes, to form your custom die before it is mounted on a press.

Can dies be used more than once?

Yes, it is indeed recommended!

Once a die is created, it can be used multiple times on the press to produce large volumes of packaging, making it much more profitable for a business.

Supongamos que tienes 3 productos, todos los cuales vienen en la misma estructura de empaque pero con diferentes diseños de arte para la diferenciación del producto.

You really only need 1 die to create thousands of boxes.

The die-cutting process is very effective in creating unique custom packaging that ultimately becomes a staple to your brand narrative.

Understanding the die cutting process

Think of a die as a giant cookie cutter that is pressed into the desired material to create your custom packaging.

At ServiSuajes, advances in technology and manufacturing techniques in the die-cutting process have allowed us to create more effective and precise designs in the dies.

A computer aided design (CAD) usually creates a packaging schematic and allows digitized drawings of your die line to be transferred onto the die board which is made of wood.

Contact us to find out how we can help you. Or if you already have a design in mind, request a quote here