Materials

This section can be used as a general guide for selecting the die cutting or laser cutting process. Be reminded this is only a guide and is in no way a guarantee of suitability for your application. The nature of material, complexity, and thickness of your components can change the process of production.  As an example, many of the plastics you see listed here can be cut using laser or standard die cutting.  The hardness, thickness and complexity of the part determine the best method.  Please tell us your requirements and we will help you select the best method for your application.

 

ABS(<.090)
ABS(>.090)
Acetate
Acrylic(<.090)
Acrylic(>.090)
Aluminum(<.010)
Aluminum(>.010)
Aramid

Steel Rule
Laser Cutting
Steel Rule
Steel Rule
Laser Cutting
Steel Rule
Laser Cutting
Both

 

Brass(<.010)
Brass(>.010)
Burlap
Buna-N (rubber)
Butyl (rubber)

Steel Rule
Laser Cutting
Steel Rule
Steel Rule
Steel Rule

 

Canvas
Carbon Fiber (gaskets)
Carbon Fiber (pre-preg)
Cellulose (paper)
Chip Board
Cloth
Composites
Copper(<.010)
Copper(>.010)
Cork
Corrugated Plastic Cardboard(single)
Corrugated Cardboard(double)
Corrugated Cardboard(tripple)
Cotton

Steel Rule
Unable
Unable
Steel Rule
Both
Both
Both
Steel Rule
Laser Cutting
Both
Both
Steel Rule
Steel Rule
Steel Rule

 

ECH (rubber)
EPDM (rubber)
Ethylene Propylene
Ethylene Vinyl Acetate

Steel Rule
Steel Rule
Steel Rule
Steel Rule

 

Felt
Fibreglass (cured)
Fibreglass (non-curred)
Flannel
Foam
Foam Core (art board)

Both
Both
Steel Rule
Steel Rule
Steel Rule
Steel Rule

 

Gore-Tex
Graphite (flexible gasketing)
Gum (rubber)

Steel Rule
Steel Rule
Steel Rule

 

HDPE (<.090)
HDPE (>.090)
Hypalon®(rubber)

Both
Laser Cutting
Steel Rule

 

Ionomer

Steel Rule

 

Kevlar(fabric)
Kevlar(plate)

Unable
Unable

 

Latex
LDPE(<.090)
LDPE(>.090)
Leather
Lexan(<.090)
Lexan(>.090)

Steel Rule
Both
Laser Cutting
Both
Steel Rule
Unable

 

Magnet(flexible)
Masonite(non-tempered)
Masonite(tempered)
Muslin Steel)

Steel Rule Die
Steel Rule
Steel Rule
Steel Rule

 

Neoprene
Nitrile(rubber)

Steel Rule
Steel Rule

 

Paper
Paper(fish)
Paper(Tissue)
Perfluoroelastomer
Plywood(<.125)
Plywood(>.125)
Polycarbonate(<.090)
Polycarbonate(>.090)
Polyester(fabric)
Polyetylene(<.090)
Polyetylene(>.090)
Polypropylene(<.090)
Polypropylene(>.090)
Polypropylene(felt)
Polyurethane
PVC(<.090)
PVC(>.090)

Steel Rule Die
Steel Rule
Steel Rule
Steel Rule
Both
Laser Cutting
Steel Rule
Unable
Steel Rule
Steel Rule
Laser Cutting
Steel Rule
Laser Cutting
Steel Rule
Steel Rule
Steel Rule

 

 

Rubber

Steel Rule

 

Santoprene(rubber)
SBR(rubber)
SBS Steel Rule Dies
Shim Stock(metal)
Shim Stock(plastic)
Silicone Sheeting
Sorbothane
Sponge
Stainless Steel
Steel(<.750)

Steel Rule
Steel Rule
Steel Rule
Both
Steel Rule
Steel Rule
Steel Rule
Steel Rule
Laser Cutting
Laser Cutting

 

Teflon®(gasketing)
Teflon®(plate)

Steel Rule
Laser Cutting

 

UHMW(<.090)
UHMW(>.090)

Steel Rule
Laser Cutting

 

Velcro
Velvet
Vinyl(<.090)
Vinyl(>.090)
Vinyl(fabric)
Vinyl(pressure sensitive)
Viton®

Steel Rule
Steel Rule
Steel Rule

Steel Rule
Steel Rule
Steel Rule

 

Wire Cloth
Wood(<.125)
Wood(>.125)
Wool

Both
Steel Rule
Laser Cutting
Steel Rule

 

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