If you want to use die cutting to cut or shape steel sheets, then you don't have to take a traditional route. As an alternative, you can use digital die cutting.
This process works in much the same way as conventional die cutting. However, its machines use a series of lasers and blades rather than individual dies. What are the benefits of going digital?
1. Take Dies Out of the Equation
If you use traditional die cutting, then you have to manufacture dies to create the shapes, designs or cuts that you need. Depending on the complexity of the job, you might need to use multiple dies during the manufacturing process.
Your costs increase if you have to make multiple dies. However, if you use a digital system, then you don't need any dies at all. You program the machine to work on the metal. Its lasers and blades then do the job for you. They have the versatility to make cuts and shapes without needing guiding dies.
2. Get Faster Production Times
A regular die-cutting machine takes time to set up and get running. To start, you have to put the dies in place. Then, if you need to change dies during the process, you have to stop the machine and switch over the dies before you can move on to the next stage.
A digital machine is much faster. It can work on the whole job without stopping. You don't have to stop to change dies. The machine simply follows its program quickly and efficiently. Your work could be completed and ready to be delivered more quickly.
3. Get More Precise Results
While die cutting is generally a precise process, it won't always give you perfect results. Some techniques are more reliable than others. If you have problems with a die, an imperfect design or an operator error, then your finished results might not be at the right quality for your needs. You might have higher wastage.
If you use a digital solution, then your results should be much more precise and consistent. As long as you program the machine correctly, then it guides its lasers and blades accurately. You have less margin of error here. You won't have die-related or operator problems. The machine produces the right results for your needs.
To find out more about digital die cutting and how it could meet your production needs, ask steel fabrication professionals for advice.