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Precise, Die-Cut Parts

Die cutting creates a perfectly shaped product every time. We know this because our materials techs watch over the process with precision and focus. Even with runs of one hundred, one thousand, ten thousand or more, you can be sure that each part is cut exactly to your design specs every single time.

Die cutting (also called flatbed die cutting) stamps or blanks out parts, like an industrial cookie cutter. Sharp steel rule dies slice through either single or multiple layers. Computer-controlled equipment makes accurate measurements for both simple and complex shapes.

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When to Use Die Cutting

Our engineers use die cutting to shape everything from gaskets to seals to insulation and more. Out of all of the ways to cut and shape materials, flatbed die cutting is ideal when:

  • Your product is thicker
  • Your order quantity is smaller
  • Your product’s material is only available in sheet form
  • Your manufacturing needs to be more cost-effective


Nearly any flexible material can be die cut. We shape foamrubbersilicone and more every day, but tell us if you need a material that isn’t on our list—we’ve most likely used it before.

The Inner Workings

A die cutting press machine stamps out each piece using steel rule dies—long, sharp strips of metal. The hydraulic press falls vertically onto the raw material as it’s fed through the machine. This vertical, perpendicular motion allows thicker and taller material to be used to make your part. Your finished product comes out clean and even.

Wondering if flatbed die cutting is right for your parts? Give us a call to talk with one of our engineers. We’ll help you decide which type of shaping is best for your project.

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