Precision die-cutting isn’t a new fabrication process; its origins date back to the mid-1800s, using die-cutting to make consumer products such as shoes. But in the decades that followed, precision die-cutting found its way into multiple industries. Let’s take a closer look.  

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What is Precision Die-Cutting and How Does it Work?

Precision die-cutting is the process of using sharpened steel to cut, form, and sheer non-metallic materials into the shape and design desired. Similar to using a cookie-cutter, the steel is pressed down on the materials to cut it into the needed shape. The metal model—called a die—can be used to make multiple copies of the shape in the same material. This process can apply to a wide range of materials including metal, rubber, silicone, Viton, cork, nitrile, and composites. This means that it can be used to create multiple products for a variety of industries, including:  

  • Medical  
  • Aerospace  
  • Automotive 
  • Military  
  • Agricultural  
  • Manufacturing  

The most common products formed from die-cutting are custom seals and gaskets. In addition to these products, the process allows custom-cut parts to be made from a variety of materials. 

What are the Advantages of Using Precision Die-Cutting?

Manufacturers and companies in any industry can use advanced die-cutting to cut customized, complex designs to the shape required. It has many capabilities, which makes it versatile in forming, scoring, and perforating non-metallic materials. These methods are fast, consistent, and cost-effective since the exact shape can be used repeatedly, which makes them ideal for mass production.  

Person using die cutting machine to make gaskets

Precision die-cutting offers many different options.

Types of Precision Die-Cutting

The precision die-cutting process offers several different cutting capabilities, including:  

Through Cutting

In through cutting, the material is fully penetrated by the cutting mechanism. This allows for parts to be completely separated from the source material.  


Perforating pokes holes along the desired lines. These holes don’t fully cut out the piece but allow it to be easily separated later. The holes can vary in size and distance from other holes, depending on how easily the final product should be torn. 

Kiss Cutting

Kist cutting is performed by cutting lightly at the surface in order to attach another material to it. This material is usually adhesive, allowing it to be peeled off later.  

Cut Scoring

Cut scoring is when the material is partially cut through. A small indent is made in the material so it’s easy to tear but not fully cut through. It cuts less than halfway through the material. 

Choose Precision Die Cutting from Breiner Innovative

For more than 70 years, Breiner Innovative has established itself as a quality-driven precision die-cutting manufacturer bringing a wealth of experience to every project. If you want a company that can provide a personalized service, cost-effective solutions, and dependable delivery, contact us today!

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