What Is A Die Cutting Forme?


A Die Cutting Forme is like a cookie cutter template that is used to cut out the shape of your packaging.  The die-cutting process is a popular manufacturing technique within the packaging industry. Die cutting is a fabrication process that uses specialized machines and tools to convert stock material by cutting, forming, and shearing. In packaging, die cuts are used to create custom shapes and designs for Boxes, Point of sale displays, Folders, Inserts etc…

An advantage of die-cutting is that a large volume of materials can be cut at the same time. Making it easier, faster and more cost-effective to create custom packaging on a larger scale.


Die Cutting Forme


Die cutting forme

Die-cutting uses a solid metal die that completely cuts or punches a shape out of a material. Because it doesn’t use bent knives it leaves no nicks or joins around the edge of the cutout.

A die-cutting forme, also known as a cutting die or simply a die, is a tool used in the manufacturing and printing industry to cut out specific shapes from materials such as paper, cardboard or plastic. It is essentially a specialised template that consists of a flat base, usually made of wood, steel, or plastic, with sharp blades or rules embedded into it. The blades are precisely positioned and shaped to create the desired cutouts when pressed against the material.

Die cutting formes are commonly used in various industries, including packaging, stationery, signage, and textile manufacturing. They enable the efficient and accurate production of uniform shapes, whether they are simple geometric designs, intricate patterns, or custom outlines. The die cutting formes are created based on the specific requirements of a project, and their complexity can vary greatly depending on the intricacy of the desired shape.

WHat is a Die Cutting Forme


To use a die cutting forme, it is placed in a die cutting machine, which applies pressure to the forme and the material being cut. The force exerted by the machine causes the blades or rules of the forme to penetrate through the material, resulting in clean and precise cuts. The waste material, often referred to as “chads,” is then removed, leaving behind the desired shape. Depending on the die cutting machine, the process can be manual or automated, with advanced machines capable of high-speed and high-volume production.

Die cutting formes offer several advantages in manufacturing and printing processes. They allow for fast and efficient production, ensuring consistent results across multiple items. Die cutting also enables the creation of intricate and detailed designs that might be difficult to achieve through other cutting methods. Additionally, die cutting formes can be used repeatedly, making them a cost-effective solution for mass production. With advancements in technology, digital die cutting formes have also emerged, allowing for greater design flexibility and customization.

Die cutting formes offer efficiency, accuracy, and versatility, making them indispensable in numerous industries where precise shaping is required.


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If you have any questions about our die cutting forms please contact us. We offer some standard formes  in-house – Or for a more custom solution, we can create one for you!

We offer a range of die cut boxes and packaging solutions – Read Diecutting Boxes  for more info!

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