Die cutting allows printed pieces to take on unique shapes, have rounded or custom corners and even reveal printed content on lower pages to be visible through”windows” cut into cover pages. The process involves razor sharp steel cutting knives that are mounted into special wooden bases to form the die cutting dies. Modern techniques make possible intricate shapes and details by creating an exact template from any electronic artwork provided. Using laser knife technology the shape is scribed into the wooden base, creating a gutter to accept the cutting knives. The die cutting dies can also incorporate scoring rules, perforations and special knives, depending on your projects’ needs and the printed material to be cut. Die cutting dies can generally be reused and we even have dies dating back to the 1980′s, which we continue to use year-after-year.
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