Cutting Solutions

To ensure we cut precisely to fit your logos, branding and other offline solution needs we have different styles and options to choose from! Have a quick read to find out which is best suitable for your prints.

Precision Digital Cutting

With the first installation in Australia of Summa's TwinFlow our Summa F1612 digital flatbed cutter combined with our Summa S2 T160 plotter cutter allows us to not only speed up our cutting processes but also helps ensure super accurate cuts so your finished products look on the money

Our Summa F1612 cuts all of our 3mm Foamed PVC, corrugated plastic signs and our vinyl stickers to singles and sheets ensuring that these solutions are cut to the exact size required every-time with perfectly clean cut edges.

No longer do we need to rely on old hand-cutting which even with cutting tools more often had rough edges and were inconsistent in size and shape.

Our Summa digital flatbed cutter and Summa Plotter / cutter not only helps to speed up our turnaround times, it minimizes human error when it comes to the kiss-cutting and through cutting of the products we are producing for you.

Die Cutting

Die cutting is a broad term, but in crafting, the act of die cutting refers to a process in which you use a machine to mass-produce cut-out shapes.  You can create the same shape, with the exact same dimensions, over and over without using scissors, stencils, or a craft knife. It saves time and makes your cut-out shapes look professional and consistent every time.

If there's one obvious way to stand out, it's daring to be different. With our custom shapes and sizes, we can ensure that your custom prints and design will have a matching custom shape too for your unique marketing and branding purposes. Check out the wide range of options you have for die cut prints.

Flatbed Die Cutting

Flatbed die cutters use hydraulic presses and other lifting systems to press a die down on a sheet of material. Generally speaking, flatbed die cutting is used for low volume projects and larger sized products. Flatbed die presses tend to be better suited for heavier materials over 0.3mm thick like felt, fiber, fabrics, and metals than for most label stocks.

Rotary and Semi-Rotary Die Cutting

Both rotary and semi-rotary use rollers to pass webs, which are long, flexible sheets of material through a machine so that a rolling die attached to a magnetic cylinder makes cuts to the material. However, we find that semi-rotary is better suited for cutting labels because its design makes it more capable of efficiently shearing custom labels. In the semi-rotary process, the cylindrical die rolls in a single direction, but the press moves the web back and forth while cuts are made. This movement allows a printer to use a single cylinder to make multiple cuts in a web. The process reduces the number of times the web needs to be run through a die-cutting system. That means that more complex cuts can be completed faster than in a standard rotary setup and quicker turnaround times for your printed items. After the web is cut, the excess material is pulled away, leaving only your labels behind.

Another important note for rotary and semi-rotary die cutting machines is that they can use either solid or flexible dies. While solid dies are steel cylinders with a design already built into the body of the die, flexible dies are thin sheets of steel that warp around a magnetic cylinder. This makes flexible dies less expensive, which is great for businesses looking for custom dies for their labels.

Die cutting is an extremely versatile way to create unique results.

When we mention die-cutting, we refer to the art of cutting out intricate shapes in one clear-cut swoop, with the usage of metal cutting shapes called dies. This is to achieve the custom shape you desire for your printed products. A die cut business card, postcard, brochure, book cover or even product packaging has the advantage of being unique and eye-catching helping you stand out from the crowd creating unusual pieces that are unique to your brand.

Die-cut products are often more aesthetically pleasing and likely to intrigue customers because of their unusual shape, size, and appearance. Shapes can range from a simple card with rounded corners, pop-ups, reveal windows to an intricate piece with fine details.

If you or your designer still need help trying to figure out how to prepare your designs for die cutting on any product, we’ll be glad to assist you. Readmore..

Die-less Cutting

Die-less cutting in a nutshell is a continuous cutting style that is guided by computer controlled cutters. As opposed to a die-cut, die-less cutting does not require any dies or physical templates to cut or press the shape you need.

The computer guided cutter traces through an equipped computerized lay plan which not only saves time on preparing dies but is also a lot more cost effective. This is also a great cutting solution if you’re after prints that need to be supplied as individual pieces. This style of cutting is perfect for basic shapes that are not too intricate in detail which also allows multiple pieces to be cut all in one go.

Profile Cutting

The shape of your sticker is left on a square trimmed sheet, they can also be supplied as singles on a square paper backing. This style is suitable for small quantities & intricate shapes.

Profile cutting is the best solution when you are looking to get cut lettering prints. This process allows you to seamlessly cut the print of your brand name or logo making all the intricate details, edges, and shapes pop out from the surface. This is especially useful when needing sticker signages for your shop window or door front as it brands your location in a unique cut style.

When this cut style is utilized, the shape of your sticker is left on a square trimmed sheet and can also be supplied as singles on a square paper backing. This style is suitable for small quantities & intricate shapes.

Laser Cutting

A laser cutting machine works by focusing a laser beam at a single wavelength at a material. When focused, the light rapidly raises the temperature of the material at such high levels that it starts to melt or vaporize. The laser cutting head moves over the material following the specific 2D trajectory given by a design created in graphic software. The result is that the material is cut into the desired shapes.

Many parameters are used to control the cutting process. Examples include laser power, laser speed, laser tip height, and dots per inch (dpi), which affects laser resolution. These depend on the beam characteristics, the required cutting rate, the composition and thickness of the material to be cut, and the desired cut edge quality.

Not all materials respond equally to laser cutting, since they also reflect or transmit light by varying degrees. Processing some materials may lead to the production of dangerous gases or dust in addition to inconsistent shapes. Particularly tricky materials include leather, some polymers (e.g. Teflon) and any materials containing halogens.

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