No, a die cutter is not necessary. If you have large quantities of similar sizes it can be very beneficial though. The time it takes to hand cut a multi-out sheet can be great. It can take even longer if you round the corners and punch a hang-hole. A die cutter like this one can accomplish in under a minute what might ordinarily take 15 minutes or more. The cost of a die can be prohibitive though. They can run above $15,000. The steel rule cutting dies can run anywhere from $500 and up.
It’s just a matter of how much time do you spend cutting by hand. Figure your labor number for hand cut. Then use 1 minute per packaged whole sheet as a ballpark number for a die cut sheet. The difference in labor cost will determine whether it makes sense for you. An added bonus of no small amount is the amount of physical work saved on your operators. They will benefit immensely. Get a quote today
How it Works
You operate a roller die cutter conjunction with a steel rule cutting die. We make the die to your specifications for card size and shape. Knife is bent into the desired configuration. You can also add hang-hole and rounded corners or internal cuts. Our artisans cut cavities in the wood for your product to have clearance. We add additional plies of wood for products with greater height. The operator puts the packaged sheet into the die, face down. The operator locates the sheet with spring loaded pins around the perimeter. After a plastic protective sheet is laid on top, you feed die into the roller cutter. The machine rotates two rollers , pulling the die through, with pressure applied. The pressure from the rollers pushes the knife through the paper, cutting your pattern. What emerges from the other side is a completely cut sheet.