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Kiss Cutting

Kiss cutting involves making a shallow cut in the top layer of a laminated material. This leaves the upper portion of the laminate affixed to a liner but easy to remove in the manner of a sticker or stamp. Kiss cutting is fast and efficient, can be done on a variety of materials and creates a finished product that can be rolled up for convenient storage and transport.

Kiss cutting is done using a die or laser. It requires a laminated material, whether it's plastic, cork, felt, silicon or adhesive-backed paper. Depending on the material and the process employed, kiss cutting can offer high tolerances, excellent accuracy and fast turnaround times, even for large projects.

The main advantage of kiss cutting is its ability to create products that can be easily removed from their backing layer when needed. Drawbacks to this process include the fact that it is, by nature, limited in scope, and can involve higher set-up costs on projects requiring prototyping or tool development.

Potential Applications

One of the clearest uses of kiss cut technology is in making kiss-cut stickers or kiss-cut labels. What are kiss-cut stickers and labels? Use a kiss cutting machine to cut into a material with an adhesive backing, so the shape you create can then be lifted and stuck on to whatever surface is appropriate.

Kiss-cut adhesive stickers and labels are common and illustrate the benefits of the process in its most simple form. However, kiss cutting is also suitable for a diverse range of products in automotive, industrial, packaging and other applications. Some products often manufactured by kiss cutting include pressure relief valves and seals, filters, acoustic insulation and more.

It is possible to perform kiss cutting on materials ranging from 0.002″ to 3/8″ thick. A single stroke can cut shapes up to 16″ wide by 20″ long. On smaller items, this process allows for a high degree of accuracy and fidelity to the original design.

Kiss Cutting vs. Die Cutting

So, do you need kiss cutting or traditional die cutting for your applications? Kiss cutting is a very specialized type of cutting, so in most situations, you will probably be using some other form of die cutting. Die cutting is used to cut into materials of a variety of thicknesses to create a desired part or shape.

Kiss cutting is specifically used to create a thin shape with a liner that will protect it until you're ready to remove the shape to use it for your application. This precision cutting and protective liner make it ideal for not only stickers and labels, but also for closed cell sponges, gaskets, foam and similar parts and materials.

At American Micro Industries, we have the equipment and capabilities for both kiss cutting — when your gaskets and other parts wish to take advantage of the benefits kiss cutting provides — and for die cutting, when you need to cut into a thicker material and aren’t as worried about having a protective backing.

Your Kiss Cutting Experts

The best way to determine whether or not kiss cutting is the right choice for your project is to contact American Micro Industries directly. We’ll review your requirements and provide a detailed quote outlining everything that’s involved in the process.

We kiss cut labels, stickers and other items for a range of clients in various industries and sectors. We offer full customization capabilities as well as a suite of advanced machinery that can quickly turn around even a complex or large order. However, we happily serve clients with all needs and can accommodate short-run orders on request.

You can always turn to American Micro Industries for all types of machining, material cutting and part fabricating services. We provide ourselves on having a factory full of state-of-the-art machining and cutting equipment to accommodate all your needs. If you require kiss-cut parts, we can deliver them to you accurately and quickly. All you have to do is get in touch and let us know what you need.

The best way to get started is to request a quote. One of our representatives would be happy to assist you via phone or email. Get in touch today to learn more about our affordable kiss cutting services.