Die
Cutting Service in Portland, Oregon

Leading the industry for over 25 years, Rubber Resource has been the ultimate authority in custom die-cutting services for rubber. Our unparalleled expertise enables us to assess your needs and develop a cutting-edge approach tailored to your application. Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, we guarantee the utmost efficiency and effectiveness in producing your desired shape.

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We can die-cut products from various cutting materials, including rubber, foam, plastic films, fabrics, paper, foils, corks, and adhesive tapes. Our versatile die-cutting process cuts materials into precise custom shapes using specialized custom dies produced in our facility, ensuring we control the process, resulting in exceptional accuracy and efficiency.

You can trust Rubber Resource to transform your ideas into reality with precision and expertise.

What are Die Cutting Services?

Die cutting is a process of creating parts with specific shapes and intricate designs, typically through high-volume production. The process involves wood, metal, leather, adhesives, plastics, or fabric. The die-cut parts are often required for product packaging, machine seals, gaskets, boxes, and more. The process involves dies, which are custom-designed, sharp-edged blades that cut through the material. The die, produced to tight tolerances, is mounted on a press, and the material is fed through it, creating cuts in various shapes. The process is swift and precise and can produce high-quality parts with complex designs and high repeatability, making it a popular choice in many industries.

There Are Several Die Cutting Methods That Rubber Resource Uses To Produce Parts For Our Customers.

Our flatbed die cutting service, also known as steel rule die cutting, is the best method for a larger, lower quantity project.  We utilize a thin steel edge tool with the required details and are pressed out on one of our machines to produce the finished piece. The parts can be cut clean through, or ‘kiss-cut' to leave them attached to the matrix for further processing. Parts can also be designed to ‘nest', one inside the other, for the most cost-efficient use of the materials. Our company can cut parts up to 75”x41”.

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Roll-fed punch presses are used when parts need to be cut at a faster rate and are more easily managed with a continually fed roll. As well as for kiss-cut (straight edge continuous parts the full width of the material) parts. Roll-fed presses are used for smaller parts and are fed through the press automatically. Our roll-fed presses can handle parts up to 11.5” wide and 14.5” long.

Rotary die presses work like the roll-fed punch, but the die is cylindrical and turns with the material, making a very fast and precise cut. Typically only smaller size (under 8”) parts that are very high-volume are produced on a rotary press.

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Die cutting Applications

Example 1: Gaskets

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Gaskets, essential components for sealing the space between two or more mating surfaces, often stand as the perfect application for our flatbed die-cutting services. This process involves the precise cutting of non-metallic materials, a function particularly well-suited for producing gaskets. Flatbed die cutting offers high precision and consistency, vital for the manufacture of gaskets where even minor discrepancies can lead to leakages and system failures. Moreover, it allows for producing gaskets with complex designs and intricate details, catering to a wide range of industrial needs.

Example 2: Ergonomic Mats

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Die-cutting is a versatile process used in the manufacturing of rubber ergonomic mats. These mats, specifically designed with the ability to increase comfort and reduce fatigue in standing situations, are crafted using a die, essentially a specialized cookie cutter for the material. The die-cutting process allows for precision in size and shape, ensuring a consistent product. Rubber as the primary material offers durability and resilience, making these mats ideal for industrial shop floors. The ergonomic design supports the body's natural movement, reducing stress on joints and muscles.

Example 3: Fabrics

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Our die-cutting process allows for efficient and precise cutting of fabrics into specific shapes and sizes. This process is typical in the textile industry, particularly in producing clothing, upholstery, and various fabric-based products. Die-cutting handles a wide range of materials, using specialized die-cutting machines with sharp steel blades shaped into the desired pattern, ensuring uniformity across all cut pieces. By reducing waste and enhancing efficiency, die-cutting revolutionizes fabric production, providing limitless opportunities for creativity and design.

Example 4: Rubber Parts

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Our company uses die cutting to create custom molded rubber seals. The process requires a specialized die to cut the rubber material into various shapes and sizes, offering precision and consistency. Molded rubber seals produced with this method appear in multiple industries, including automotive, aerospace, and manufacturing, for their superior sealing capabilities. They help prevent leaks and protect machinery components from dirt, moisture, and other environmental hazards, which enhances equipment performance and longevity.

Example 5: Case Insets

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Our custom die cutting services are instrumental in producing foam case inserts. This process involves using a unique die to cut the foam material into custom shapes that fit the items they protect. We fabricate the die to match the exact dimensions of the item, ensuring that each foam insert is tailor-made to provide maximum protection. This custom die-cutting method offers notable advantages, such as high-speed production, consistency in output, and the ability to create complex designs with precision, making it the preferred choice for producing foam case inserts.

Frequently Asked

Questions

What if I need just a few parts for a prototype, but then I will need more?

Our flatbed die cutting process is an excellent choice for low-volume projects like prototypes. We can cut the trial part with a temporary die and then switch to a permanent die and larger press for production manufacturing.

What is the largest part you can die cut at Rubber Resource?

Our larger presses cut materials up to 75”x45”. Rotary and roll-fed punch presses are for smaller parts, usually less than 11”x14”.