Die-cutting and printing on the same press?

I have a C&P 8x12 new style and I am interested in die-cutting with it. I have tried searching, but I guess I don’t know the right terms to search for… but how difficult is it to set-up a press for die-cutting and then switch it back over to printing? Any help in the right direction would be appreciated.

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You need to remove the rollers as the die will damage them. You will require a cutting plate .030-.040 stainless steel works fine.

That is all that is needed? That is alot easier than I had thought. Thanks!

will aluminum work in place of steel? thinking aluminum printing plates here as the used one are easy to come by.

I’ve never done it but heard it works on short runs.Keep in mind that steel rule will cut thin aluminium.

I’ve used thin aluminum in the past without difficulty. The key is to adjust the packing underneath so that the rule cuts the paper without punching all the way through the plate. With a steel backing, you can punch a lot harder… but aluminum dos work.

where is a good place to get dies made?

I have seen metal plates in hardware stores. I guess you can get a 0.30 or so for peanuts.

Check this site under cuts and dies. I make them but located in Ontario Canada.If need be check local yellow pages under dies steel rule.A word of advice big shops want to sell high end CADS/CAM laser dies not required for most applications old style jigged dies work for 95% of all die cutting jobs.Watch my vids on you tube 937die

you can buy straight scoring and cutting rule. your best bet is as mike says though. find a die maker. most big cities have one or ten. if you go in to talk with them, bring someone with a cute smile and a bunch of chocolate chip cookies. explain to them you are new to this and “here’s some cookies!” maybe the boss won’t be impressed but,,, the person making the dies will… bring a sort (a single image) of your type with and they will help you with proper cut rule for your needs. most cad/cam shops are the best to go to. (this is where i disagree with mike) it is so easy for them to scan the image, burn the board. then the rule gets bent/ formed/ cut/ notched and bridged,,, all by computer…much faster and easier than by hand. simple stuff prob won’t cost that much.

If you are buying a 36up folding carton die for a 28x40 Bobst press get a laser die. I you are ruinning an 8x12 small press you may wait a long time for them to get to your job as many will wait for lots of small jobs to gang up on a full size dieboard. If you price a die for a 3” dia cut you will find that laser dies may cost 3x as much as jigged. Note most jig die shops also use CAD and scanners and Diemakers. Also automated rule processers and laser machines don’t eat cookies.