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Die cutter manufacturersOnce a company has a product idea, the next step is determining how to bring it to life. In many cases, materials need cutting. And because accuracy is vital, you need to use the right cutting process. Ultimately, this is where laser die cutting can be invaluable.

What Does a Laser Die Cutting Machine Do?

When companies need precision cutting, etching, or perforating for their products, laser die cutting is the ideal choice. High-speed lasers ensure that exactness is a focal point for the cutting of rolled or sheet-fed materials. Because there is no contact during the process, laser die cutting is a good alternative to regular die cutting.

Which Industries Use Die Cutting in Their Manufacturing Process?

Many industries can benefit from a laser die cutter – including:

  • Construction
  • Packaging
  • Roofing
  • Automotive
  • Office furniture

Likewise, many materials need die cutting and slitting including:

Adhesive-Backed Materials
Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF)
Oriented Strand Board (OSB)
Sponge Rubber

Types of Die Cutting Machines

Before settling on the best die cutting factory, you may wish to explore the different types of die cutting machines. Keep in mind, not all die cutting machines are industrial die cutters. Below, we’ve listed some of the types of die cutters:

  • Manual die cutting machines. Naturally, there is significant difference between manual die cutters and industrial die cutters. Often, manual die cutters come in hand-cranked forms. Thus, they’re less expensive. Generally, smaller artisans and business owners often start out with manual die cutters. However, they do require you to buy physical dies. In the long term you may spend more money. 
  • Electronic die cutting machines. Similarly, these machines work on a smaller level, but they’re more efficient than manual die cutting machines. While they aren’t the types of machines a die cutting factory would often use, they’re a step up when you first begin. Usually, they require a tablet, computer, or smartphone to use and though they’re more expensive, they allow for greater creativity.
  • Rotary die cutting machines.  Rotary die cutters work in constant motion, which means that there isn’t any need for “down time”. These machines produce at a high volume, with great efficiency and consistency. 
  • Flatbed die cutting machines. Able to cut through both thick and thin materials, these machines offer greater affordability. Furthermore, they’re less wasteful and produce fewer scraps which can also save money.
  • Digital die cutting machines. These machines offer even more precision, integrate with software, and take up less space.

The Advantages of A Die Cutter

Excellent for Tough Materials or Patterns

A laser can easily cut through any difficult material. In addition, the laser will have little trouble making the right cuts even for a complicated pattern.

Quick Process

The laser die cutting process is extremely fast. Products can get to the final stage very quickly. This allows companies to have their merchandise to the marketplace in an expedited manner.


If companies have a variety of products to cut, they can easily adjust the lasers to accommodate different items.

When you have decided you need die cutting services, you have two choices. You can either invest in the equipment or hire an outside contractor. Most businesses opt for the latter for several reasons.

First, it is often much more cost efficient. Die cutting machinery can be very expensive. Secondly, you will get to work with experienced professionals. This means you will not have to worry about training or hiring technicians. Finally, with outsourced die cutting, you can be confident that your products will meet your specs consistently.

CTI: The Laser Die Cutting Expert

If you need experts in the field, get in touch with CTI. We will discuss your project and let you know how we can help.

In addition to these services, we also offer custom sheeting, and can convert many different materials, including cardboard, vinyl, foam, and cloth to the size required by our customer. Call us at 419-924-5566.