Flatbed die cutting vs. rotary die cuttingJohn Moot
Differences between flatbed die cutting and rotary die cutting
Die cutting is a popular manufacturing process used to quickly and effectively cut parts from electrical insulation materials, thermally conductive products, engineered films and gaskets.
Commonly, die cutting is associated with materials such as rubber, plastic, foam, paper and even cardboard. There also punching machines that work with metal. However, Dr. Dietrich Müller GmbH does not process metals into stamped parts. Die cutting is a broad term that encompasses several other processes. Today we will compare two of these processes, flatbed die cutting and rotary die cutting.
Flatbed die cutting vs. rotary die cutting
Both die cutting processes have their similarities: Both produce drawing parts, however, these two manufacturing processes also have their own unique characteristics.
1) What is rotary die cutting?
When you first think of rotary die cutting, you should think of a high-speed process that focuses on tolerance and accuracy. Rotary die cutters are typically used with rotating metal dies. Rotary die cutting is most commonly associated with thin products, larger jobs or kiss-cut dies. The process begins by feeding the raw material to two rolling cylinders before the machine takes over and punches the rest. Again, speed and accuracy are paramount in this process.
2) What is a flatbed die cutting machine?
Flatbed die cutting machines are slightly different than rotary die cutting machines. Typically, a flatbed die cutting machine has a fixed base with a head that can move. The dies on a flatbed die cutting machine are usually made of sharp metal strips called steel rule blades. Flatbed die cutters are great for thicker products, smaller jobs, or lower cost die cutting. In addition, if a thicker material is to be worked with, a flatbed die-cutting machine will likely be used to complete the job.
The choice of die cutting technology depends on the type and quantity of parts to be produced. We will work with you to select the right process for single parts, medium-sized series of stamped parts and mass-produced stamped parts.