3 Benefits of Dieless Knife Cutting for Plastic & Flexible Materials

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Still relying on old tooling methods to get your plastic and flexible material parts made?

If so, you might be dealing with…

• Long lead times
• Excess material waste
• Inferior prototyping and design

There’s a better way – dieless knife cutting gets parts made faster, better, and more efficiently.

What is Dieless Knife Cutting?

Dieless knife cutting (also called flash cutting) uses a combination of machinery and computers to cut plastic and flexible material into various shapes and sizes, while removing the need for hard tooling.

With a flash cutting machine, you can more easily update the shapes and sizes being cut on the fly. This makes flash cutting highly attractive for rapid prototyping, short productions and to reduce material waste.

⇨ Read now: How Does Dieless Knife Cutting Work?

Materials Capability of the Dieless Knife Cutting System

Our CNC dieless knife cutting system enables us to manufacture OEM and custom parts quickly, accurately, and efficiently from a wide variety of flexible materials, including:

Foams (open and close cell)
Rubber and its byproducts
Films
Silicones
Sponge
Plastics
Cloth and Fabric
Felts
Textiles
Tapes
Adhesives
Filtration Materials
Foils
Fiber Gasket Material
Insulation
Cork
Leather
And many others

3 Benefits of Dieless Knife Cutting for Plastic and Flexible Materials

1. Rapid Part Prototyping

Flash cutting is the perfect solution to meet any speed-to-market objectives. Because dieless knife cutting relies on computers versus hard tooling, that means that parts can be directly inputted into the machine and cut right then and there. This makes it much faster than traditional tooling methods.

2. Remove Tooling Costs

If you need a fast turnaround, forget tooling. No time spent tooling means a quicker production schedule and no tooling costs needed.

3. Less Material Waste

Dieless knife cutting is able to reduce material waste by optimizing the cutting of every material for maximum efficiency. This means more parts from less material.

ICP Quality and Reliability Saves You Money

ICP understands the imperative nature of speed-to-market objectives. You need a reliable partner to get it done fast, get it done right. We have the skills to do so and the history to back it up.

  • Reduce the time to bring a new product to market
  • Decrease the cost of new product development
  • Reduce your costs by decreasing the time required for quality inspections (with our history of award-winning quality)
  • Reduce the parts inventory you hold for final production runs (with our history of on-time delivery)

Beyond that, you also get a production team possessed with a need for efficiency. We’ll never stop looking for ways to improve the process and reduce your costs. That’s what we do.

ICP is ISO 9001:2015 registered. ICP can perform PPAP, CPK, First Article Inspections, and Gauge R&R Studies. That means you get what you want, when you want it.

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Industrial Custom Products is a one-stop-shop for custom manufacturing and plastic fabrication, including: prototyping and product development, die cutting and dieless knife cutting, thermoforming and vacuum forming, large part thermoforming, CNC plastic routing, fabrication and assembly and drape forming.