Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
With the Paperfox KB-32 paper punch and creasing machine you can crease and cut small holes up to 3x6cm size.
But what can we do if we want to die cut bigger shapes?
Let's change the creasing tool of the KB-32 to a die cutting tool! Certainly the rubber surface used at creasing is not proper for die cutting, but it you turn the BL-32 cutting plate with the rubber side down the you can make a perfect die cutting or perforating. In this way the elastic rubber compensates the inaccuracy and the limited rigidity of the device. If you die cut stronger materials maybe it is better to use solid plastic cutting plates.
What is the maximal size of the die cutting tool which can be used in KB-32?
Actually you can put even 60x380mm tools in the device but usually you can die cut only up to 55x100mm format.
This is because of the limited rigdity of the KB-3. If you press down the handle (8) the upper (1) and lower (2) machine frame becomes curved. So the cutting pressure is smaller in the middle of the tool than at the sides. You can compensate this effect with placing some strips of paper (9) under the cuting plate (4) but the result is not allways suitable.
How can I position the die cutting in the sheets?
There are some solutions for this problem:
1. Positioning with the crasing paper guide
A standard accessory of the KB-32 is a paper guide which ensures the proper position. You can use this guide at die cutting as well. To ensure the longitudinal position you can usa a simple paper clip. The mayor advantage of this solution that you don't have to buy any extra accessories to your KB-32.
2. Positioning with the MA-500 table
You can buy an MA-500 table to your KB-32. You can position the sheets to the paper guide of the MA-500 table or you can stick some cardboard strips to ensure the desired position.
3. Using a special corner guide
A common task to cut the corner of the sheets. You can use a special corner guide to this purpose.
4. Custom tailored positioning elements
For die cutting items even with complex shape you can use a custom tailored positioning elements.
5. Positioning to the printed elements of the sheets
But what if you have to position the sheets to the printed positioning marks?
We have equipped the KB-32 with a transparent plastic plate on which you can mark the desired position of the printed positioning elements. In this way you can compensate the inaccuracy of the printing on the sheets and the die cutting will be in a perfect position to the printed elements.
6. Die cutting with a transparent tool
The simpliest solution to adjust the position of the die cutting to the print is the transparent die cutting tool. This solution is very useful if you want to die cut around for example photos.
7. Die cut letters
A special field of die cutting is die cutting letters or text.