Most of you already know about Die cutting, right?
Well, there is an off chance that some of you may only have a faint idea about it. For those who want a clear idea about die cutting, let me clear a few things first.
Here’s the deal: Die cutting is, simply put, a manufacturing process. It that it?
Of course not. By using this process, large industries produce a vast number of identical shapes out of Sheets. What kind of sheet, you ask?
Metal, wood, fabric, plastic – whichever you want! Many models are portable and used for a smaller purpose.
Here ends the crash course. Now let’s dive right into the stuff that you all have come.
Wait, wait! There is something that I need to tell you, so bear with me.
As the name suggests, it is a machine. And in this era, to increase the productivity, every machine gets upgrades now and then. Sometimes we even witness the emergence of new devices!
According to JCER.INFO, there are various kinds of die cutting machines. Like the rotary die cutting, flatbed, press machine, laser, water jet, etc. But for cleaning purpose, you can divide them into two arms – Manual and electric.
If you want a good result, you need to take good care of your machinery.
There is no need to clarify the statement, is there?
A die cutting machine can act as your doorway to a lot of infinite crafting possibilities. But you do need to take very good care of your instruments for that to become a reality.
In most cases, the projects take center stage, and the tool gets pushed behind. But without the machine, there will not be a project, am I right or what?
Take excellent care of your manual die cutting machine:
Manual die cutting machines require a different type of care than the electric model. Most brands of this variety are portable, easy, fast and work like wonder. Now, allow me to guide you through the various cleaning processes that will help you in keeping your instrument clean:
1. The more you use your die machine, the dirtier it will get. So you need to clean it as often as you use, right? But the catch is, you can not use plain water for the task. It’s better to use rubbing alcohol. Take a small amount and clean the machine until it evaporates. Then you a paper towel to wipe it dry. Remember, never ever use bleach or other abrasive cleaners.
2. During working, the die may get stuck with debris or paper. If you let it be there, then the die may cause damage to itself or the machine.
3. Next comes the cutting plates. Unlike the machine itself, you can use a little dish soap. The best way to clean cutting plates is to use an old toothbrush. Each plate comes with ridges, using toothbrush will help you to reach even the furthest corner.
4. This last step is more like a tip to use the machine rather than how to maintain it. Trying or forcing the plates through the device will only result in damaging it. Each part has a lifespan, straining them will shorten that significantly.
Keep you Electronic die cutting Machine good as new:
For experienced crafters, electric machines can be a breath of relief. For new crafters, they can a fresh new experience. To make the best use of them, you need to-
1. While cleaning, always use a soft cloth. For effective cleaning use alcohol and discard all abrasive cleaners. Moisture damages each and every electric machine, so keep it in a dry place.
2. Only allow experienced crafters to use your instrument. If children need to use them, then ensure supervision. Otherwise, the longevity of the machine may be significantly reduced.
3. Once the machine starts running, never remove platforms or plates. Moving parts often get damaged.
4. Try not to use the machine for an extended period. However, if you need to do it, then allow it the time to cool down. After extended use, stop the device for ten to fifteen minutes. Otherwise, the machine may become too hot and damage itself or damage the dies.
5. When you are done with the machine, always remember to turn the machine off.
Crafting is a popular form of art, but die machines are somewhat delicate. Learning to use them is as important as the art of crafting itself.