If you are looking to really make an impression with your advertising then die cut signage is a great option.  With a range of materials available die cut signs are a popular option because of their striking appearance and ability to be custom made to your specifications.  Understanding the different options available for die cut signs can be difficult.  Let's take a look at how each die cut option is made and what considerations you need to make before customizing your sign.

Die Cut Principles

Using die cut signs is a great what to really make your signage pop.  There are many different materials that can be used including hard acrylic, aluminum, and rigid plastics.  For this reason, die cut signs are long lasting and durable. Understanding how your sign will be used will be helpful when trying to determine the material needed.  The size and shape of your sign are really limitless with the only exception being that materials must be at least 1/4 inch thick to maintain the material's integrity. 

Cutting Techniques

Typically, all signs that are cut out of a hard material are labeled as "die cut".  To be factual though, there are actually three different types of cutting techniques that can be used to create a die cut sign.  Let's take a closer look at a contour cut, halo cut, and traditional die cut.

  • Contour Cut - Pending that your material is at least 1/4 inch thick at the edges, a contour cut may be a good option for your sign.  This cut creates a sign that does not need an excess border around the edge.  To make signs with a contour cut we use a digital cutter (sometimes a router) which cuts along the edge.  This creates a clean line for the border of your sign.  If you have a very specific border that must be achieved this is the best option.
  • Halo Cut - A halo cut is very similar to a contour cut, using similar digital routing technology.  The difference though is the halo cut leaves a border around your sign.  The edges of the sign must be between 1/4 and 1/2 inch thick to be able to use the halo cutting technique.  The border around the sign gives it an almost "bubble" like appearance.
  • Die Cut - A traditional die cut sign can be thought of like a cookie cutter.  The design is first created digitally and then a stenciled design is created from aluminum (called a die).  This is then stamped into the material being used to form the sign.  Die cutting is a great option for thinner materials or for signage that requires mass production.

At B&B Image Group we pride ourselves on being able to create quality pieces that our customers love.  If you are interested in creating a die cut sign feel free to visit our website.  There you will be able to see our portfolio and contact us for a quote.