Rotary Die Cutting vs. Flatbed Die Cutting: Which Should You Use?

Die cutting is frequently used to fabricate unique shapes from rubber, plastic and foam materials.
rubber die cut

Before starting a die cutting project it is important to discuss all specific project requirements — including whether rotary die or flatbed die cutting is the best fit for the job. Each cutting method has its own distinct benefits based on production size, costs, and material.

What is Rotary Die Cutting?

Main Benefits: Holds tight tolerances and ideal for kiss cutting

Best Used for: High-volume orders

How It Works: Rotary die cutting, a highly accurate cutting method, is very cost effective on high-volume orders and produces less waste compared to other methods. As shown in the video, the machine is fed a roll of material which is then passed through the rolling die. This cuts the desired shape from the material and the waste is disposed of into a catcher.

What is Flatbed Die Cutting?

Main Benefits: Provides a more cost-effective option with lower tool and die costs

Best Used for:  General cutting and low-volume orders

How It Works: With flatbed die cutting, material shapes are stamped out using steel rule dies and hydraulic presses. This method allows for easy hole removal and web removal from parts, along with quick changeover times to increase efficiency.

Die Cutting with CGR Products

CGR’s team of engineers makes sure to match your project’s needs with the right die cutting machine for the job. The products we die cut from a variety of flexible non-metallic materials can be supplied in continuous rolls, sheet form, or individual parts for your unique application.

Ready to get started? Visit our Supplier Material Library to find your material and contact us about your next project.


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Mike Burris is in Sales and Marketing at CGR Products. A member of the CGR team for over 23 years, Mike also holds a 3M certification from its Master Estimator program and a degree in Business Administration.

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