Types of Dies


There are many different type of dies that are commonly used with Clicker Presses. The most common is a wood backed die with 827 steel rule.


Acrylic backed dies are handy when you need to see through the die in the event you need to place the die over a specific image or if you need to consider the grain or pattern of the material you are cutting.


Some presses have magnetic heads that make for quick die changes which require metal backing. Some will simply add some thin steel backing to their wood backed dies to accomplish the same thing. Sometimes steel backed dies are necessary because of the specific needs of the die such as spring ejection, heat plate sealing or other considerations.


Textile Dies actually go by a number of other names like envelope dies, deep steel dies, etc. These dies generally have no backing and are sometimes reinforced with metal runners if needed. You can see through these dies which is helpful if registration is important or if you need to see the pattern of what you are cutting.


Mold dies are made up of a male / female mold that works on a punch principle rather than a blade. This type of die is generally machines from various grades of steel or aluminum and assembled on two metal plates that are configured to cut in the same stroke position each time. This type of die can be designed with a myriad of functions like unique numbering stamps, Heat plate sealing, Spring ejection, Registration Pins etc.