I recently purchased a Golding Pearl #3. I’d love to get into die cutting, but I don’t know anything about it. Can a Pearl even die cut at all? If so, does anyone know what I need to make that happen?
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The Pearls are very lightweight platen presses, and although they are capable of diecutting, it would be wise not to go down that path very far. You would be VERY limited in the size of items you could cut, and you would be always pushing to see how much more you could do.
I have done successful die cutting on a C&P Pilot, but I only did it once for a demo, and would use a heavier press if I were thinking of taking on jobs involving diecutting.
There are many heavier presses C&P, Kluge, and even Colt Universal presses which have not found buyers because they lacked inking capabilities. Find one of those, at scrap prices, and go to town.
As the chaps have said ,its do able not advisable .
You can die cut round corners on your one up business card with little grief but as above you will take chances that push the machine till it breaks , if you are going to do serious quantities look at the heidelberg as the smallest machine suited to the task .
I read here that the larger Kluge , is up to the task as well so you have a choice you have only to consider cost , you have to get the dies made that is not so cheap ,especially as you are not used to it your dies will take a beating till you learn to be gentle with the setting up .
You will also need a die cutting jacket or a piece of hardened steel taped to the platen to cut against so you don’t damage the surface.
Thanks so much for the responses!