steel rule

Steel rule comes in a variety of heights, thicknesses and Bevels. Choosing the right steel rule is essential to die cutting. The thinner the rule, the easier it will cut through your material, but the weaker the die will be without backing. The deeper the bevel, the easier the cut also, but the faster blade will dull. There is a give and take with all these decisions. If your material is thin then .937 rule height with backing should work fine, but if your cutting 3" foam, it's never going to work. The cavity of the die is not deep enough for the compressed foam . Here is what we do know.

There are many types of steel rule. Different thicknesses, different heights and different hardness. Sometimes you choose steel rule because you need a die that is very strong and other times it will be because you need a very tall die cavity. Every cutting objective is different so there are different types of dies to accommodate the parameters of what your preparing to cut.

Setting Up Your Die