THE HISTORY OF DIE CUTTING
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The first die cutting was with hand tools that were bother tedious and inconsistent. Cottage industry manufacturing made products nonstandard and expensive. Die cutting as a process started in the 1800’s Industrial revolution as a means of making shoes from sheets of leather in a standardized and efficient manner. This remained the standard for decades as these cobblers would build a die press to stamp the leather out and mold them into a shoe that was the same size every time.
Later on in the 1900’s the clicker press came to replace die cut tools to mass produce fabric for clothes along with plastic and metal parts. This swing arm press allowed for interchangeable dies and more products. Instead of a machine built for an individual product a die was made for the product and was interchangeable on one press. Again, this was a huge leap forward in the manufacturing process that lead to standard products at a much lower cost.
In the 2000’s came the integration of computers to produce our modern die cutting machines. This allowed for precision cutting of virtually any sheet material into any detailed design. From large companies to small shops these machines became a standard that provided consistent and reliable cuts.
To get the rest of the story, all the way up through today, read our article “How did die cutting end up here?”