Die/Laser Cutting

A cut above the rest

Like a precision cut diamond, or the sharp lines of a tailored suit, when you really want to make a strong first impression, cutting paper with a sharp blade might just be the finishing touch!

Die/Laser-cutting is a versatile technique which can be used for many applications.

At Windmill we recognise and promote this versatility and work to produce increasingly advanced results in this area.

It's a great way to create unique presentation folders, invitations, plastic tag shapes, quirky business cards, packaging products and just about anything you can imagine.
In fact if you think of die cutting as like a cookie cutter that can be used in just about any shape you can think of, the possibilities are endless!

We use high quality laser-cut machines that allows the most intricate amount of detail to be cut out. Or left in depending how you look at it.
The Windmill Approach

Die cutting is used to cut paper or card into shapes that can’t be achieved using a guillotine. This is done using a cutting form, which is formed by using a shaped blade to form the outline required. This blade is bent into shape and set into a strong plywood backing. The cutting form is placed into a press, and the material is placed into position then pressed against it to cut the shape required out of the sheet.

There is a limit to how intricate the outline of the design can be when die-cutting, but when an image is too intricate to die-cut, it can be laser-cut.

Laser-cutting is a process that fires a laser at the card that cuts through it by burning, melting or vaporising the material.

See more examples of Die / Laser Cutting in the showcase.

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10/10/2017
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RT @ShetlandReelGin: We are soo excited to share the newly designed bottles with you! Hope you like them! https://t.co/xZbnGB4rJs
10/10/2017
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11/10/2017
Just had to repost another few images of these lovely notebooks! #foilblocking #hotfoil #luxurystationery… https://t.co/k6TtcEQmqU
12/10/2017
RT @m_maruszka: So many beautifully printed/crafted goodies in one place ?? @windmillprint @gdfscotland https://t.co/gjQvEY6d6N
20/10/2017
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20/10/2017
We've been busy with a new project the past couple of days... postcard packs for @gdfscotland ! @imajicabrandevo… https://t.co/J64FZ7HDmo
20/10/2017
8 shades of @colorplanpapers in our postcard packs, including the new #marrsgreen ?? @GFSmithpapers… https://t.co/98T2j6u18h
20/10/2017
#lasercut postcards being finished off.... @gdfscotland @GFSmithpapers @imajicabrandevo @colorplanpapers… https://t.co/xmZERJTEbN
20/10/2017
RT @gdfscotland: TopForm is in full swing! #topformuk #gdfs https://t.co/jgvTz6ixtH
21/10/2017
Great to see our foiled booklets in here! https://t.co/h2JJkguyIk
31/10/2017
@the_teasmith Thank you ?? a beautiful label for an amazing gin!
02/11/2017
RT @the_teasmith: Our beautiful labels coming off the printer #masterofcraft @windmillprint https://t.co/SdBOrIoITr
02/11/2017
RT @the_teasmith: Absolutely delighted that @fortytwo_studio have been awarded THREE design awards for Teasmith @thedrum @Scots_Creative #…
02/11/2017
#Repost @lilliesprotectors (@get_repost) ??? The feeling of everything falling together and ready to hit the shelves of retailers very soon // #heelprotectors #autumn2017 #fashion #trendsetter #3dprinting #health #lifestyle #heels #protectors #shoes #saveyourback #changingposture #bridalwear #blueheels #fashionista #fashionaddict #fashionstyle #fashionpost #ootd #ootdfashion #goldfoil #slipcase #whiteandgold #boxes #packagingdesign #packaging #packagingbox #packaginggoals
07/11/2017
Proud to work with @tangentgraphic on more print... #Repost @tangentgraphic (@get_repost) ??? New work with @dundeeuni — MA Liberal Arts brochure for the US market. We also created a range of promotional and informative material. — #Dundee #DundeeUniversity #University #Branding #Promotional #Print #Digital #Design #US #USA #America #students #windmillprint #windmillprinted #lithograph #lithoprint #diecutting
07/11/2017
2 x die-cut panels on this piece for @tangentgraphic - great design and really happy with how this one turned out! #Repost @tangentgraphic (@get_repost) ??? New work with @dundeeuni — MA Liberal Arts brochure for the US market. We also created a range of promotional and informative material. — #Dundee #DundeeUniversity #University #Branding #Promotional #Print #Digital #Design #US #USA #America #Students #windmillprint #windmillprinted #lithographic #lithoprint #brochures #brochuredesign #glasgowdesigners
07/11/2017
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14/11/2017
RT @7NArchitects: Thanks to Noe Associates and @windmillprint for our new custom made stationery using @colorplanpapers from @GFSmithpapers…
14/11/2017
A time-consuming finishing job.... But the end product makes it all worth it ?? #workinprogress #windmillprinted #binding
07/12/2017
Love this video! And some great shots of our labels too ?? #windmillprinted #labels #foilblocking #windmillprint… https://t.co/fQjDNLjovh
07/12/2017
A great foil blocking and embossing job going out the door today.... @lochnessspirits #foiling #foilblocking #hotfoilstamping #hotoffthepress #embossing #emboss #windmillprint #windmillprinted #compliments
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