Die Cut Signs are typically cut to an unusual shape, anything other than a square, triangle or rectangle. However, they can be a square, triangle or rectangle with a shape cut out of them. In order to do this type of sign we need to purchase a die. The cost of the die is then charged to the customer. If we have the die already then there is no charge for the die. For example we have circle dies in many different sizes.
The dies for aluminum and the dies for plastic are different, a plastic die cannot cut aluminum and vice versa. Plastic dies can cut .024, .050, .070 & .110 gauge while aluminum dies can cut .012 and .032 gauge. The heavier gauge aluminum cannot be die cut (.063 & .080).
Die cut signs are more costly per piece than signs that are not die cut. Die cutting is an extra step and the raw material has to be put through a die cutting machine. This is more of a process than cutting a square, rectangle or triangle.