Commonly Used Slitting Methods

Below is a quick an easy table describing some of the characteristics and uses for more commonly used slitting methods. This table is a guideline and can differ depending on the different materials being cut. As always, we recommend that you conduct tests and research to know the best method for slitting your material.

Slitting Type: Razor Score Shear Hot-Knife


easy to set up, inexpensive widely used, easy to set up, versatile high accuracy seals edges to prevent fraying
Disadvantage limited materials creates a slight ridge on some materials expensive, harder to set up less accurate, expensive
Width Tolerance +/-.020″ +/-.030″ +/-.005″ +/-.060″
Slit Width 1/2″ 1/2″ 1/2″ 1/2″
Ideal Material films, vinyls fabrics, non-wovens, laminates, paper heavy films, paper, most materials fabrics that fray

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