Die cut printing is a finishing option that can be used to elevate the appearance of many different document types. Die cutting can be applied as a finishing method to make entire printed documents into custom shapes but can also be used on the interior of documents to creatively make certain elements visible through a book cover or exterior sleeve. The only limit to die cutting is your own creativity!
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If you’ve ever seen paper or other substrates cut into unique shapes, you’ve seen the magic of die cut printing. A die is a common industry term that refers to a thin, super sharp steel blade that has been formed into a specific shape or pattern. Die are often referred to as heavy-duty cookie cutters because they work in the same way to take the appearance of paper, cardstock, or label stock to the next level.
Die cut printing makes it possible to create a large run of prints with the exact same cuts and shapes quickly and efficiently, and the evolution of this print method makes it possible to create die in almost any shape or pattern. Professional printers often have many die on hand for commonly requested shapes or patterns, but it’s important to note that if we have to create a custom die for your project, that may add additional cost. As it can take a few days to receive the die from the die maker depending on the shapes or patterns requested, this can also affect the overall production time necessary to get the best results for your project.
The sharp, striking effect of die cut printing can be a game-changer for helping your company stand out from your competition and we’ll work with you every step of the way to make sure you get the best desired outcome.
After the die is created, it is embedded into a block of wood securely held in place in a die cutting press. After the paper or substrate is fed onto the die, it is pressed under pressure against a metal plate or cylinder one sheet at a time. The dies are designed with tiny “nicks” that keep the die-cut designs attached to the press sheet until it reaches the end of the printing process. As a result, the cut shapes do not fall into the machinery.
The beauty of die cut printing is that it’s almost limitless in its possibilities, and it can also be combined with other attractive printing methods such as embossing to really make your vision pop. But it’s also important to discuss your die cut idea with a professional printer, because although this printing method is flexible, there are still some designs that cannot be attained.
Die cutting can be used in many different document types and can be employed in creative ways to make elements of a project look more unique and high-end. The flexibility and efficiency of die cut printing can be used on a wide variety of print projects including:
Even if you don’t see your project type here, that doesn’t mean die cut printing isn’t possible. Give us a call today to talk to a professional printer about your next big vision.
At Thomas Print Group, we’re a fourth generation business and we understand that sometimes things are best said in print. Deciding on die cut printing can add more steps and cost to your print project, but we’ll work with you every step of the way to make sure you achieve the best results. Reach out to us today to learn more about die cut printing or start planning your next project!
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