Sample Preparation

Test methods often include a detailed description on how test specimens must be prepared to ensure repeatable and accurate test results. Furthermore, some methods recommend or require the use of a cutting die to ensure the specimen dimensions match the exact dimensions outlined in the standard. 

ASTM and ISO Test Sample Cutting Dies

Test Sample Cutting Die

ADMET offers cutting dies based on the shape and dimensions described in the standards as well as cutting dies based on customer-requested dimensions. Our cutting dies feature uniform and controlled bevels to assure perfect cuts with no distortion. Additional features include:

  • Extreme accuracy from CAD/CAM Methodology (CNC Machining & Wire EDM)
  • Dimensional tolerances to 0.002″
  • Certification per ANSI/NCSL Z-540-1
  • Quality assurance with ISO Certified Inspection Equipment

ASTM Cutting Die Catalog

We offer dies for ASTM and ISO standards as well as custom cutting dies per customer-specified dimensions. Some of the common cutting dies designed per the specifications on the ASTM standards are listed below.

Testing Standard Material Test Type Cutting Die
ASTM D395 Rubber Compression
  • ASTM D395 Type I
  • ASTM D395 Type II
ASTM D412 Elastomer Tension
  • ASTM D412 Type A
  • ASTM D412 Type B
  • ASTM D412 Type C
  • ASTM D412 Type D
  • ASTM D412 Type E
  • ASTM D412 Type F
  • ASTM D412 Type R
ASTM D624 Elastomer Tension/Tear Strength
  • ASTM D624 Type A
  • ASTM D624 Type B
  • ASTM D624 Type B with chisel
  • ASTM D624 Type C 
  • ASTM D624 Type T Trouser Tear
ASTM D638 Plastics Tension
  • ASTM D638 Type I
  • ASTM D638 Type II
  • ASTM D638 Type III
  • ASTM D638 Type IV
  • ASTM D638 Type V
ASTM D751 Fabrics Tension
  • Tongue Tear Method- 3” by 8” with chisel forged die
ASTM D882 Plastics Tension
  • Rectangular cutting die
  • Common dimensions include 1” by 6”, 1” by 8”, and 0.5” by 4”
ASTM D1708 Plastics Tension
  • Microtensile dog-bone specimen
ASTM D3574 Foam Tension/Tear Strength
  • ASTM D3574 Test E Tensile Specimen
  • ASTM D3574 Test T Tear Resistance
ASTM D5034 Fabrics Tension
  • ASTM D5034 6 by 4’’ cutting die

Contact an ADMET Sales Engineer for further information, pricing, and lead time.


Toggle Press Cutting Die for ASTM Sample Preparation

Toggle Press for Cutting Die

Specimen cutting dies can be used with a toggle press or a mallet handle. 

Our toggle presses are manually-operated and exert a force up to 1 ¼ tons. Note that the same toggle press can be used with different cutting dies with the respective shank adapter to mount the die to the press. 

Cutting Die Re-sharpening and Certification Services

After prolonged use, cutting dies may need reconditioning. One way to determine the condition of an existing die is to investigate specimen rupture points. Prepare and cut test specimens and apply force until specimen failure. Repeat for a series of specimens. Remove specimens from the testing area and join the ruptured pieces together. Stack a series of joined-together specimens on top of each other and check the position of the specimen break. If the rupture point is at the same position on your test specimens, the die may be dull, nicked, or bent at that location.

We offer re-sharpening and recertification of existing cutting dies to enhance the quality of the die. This allows our customers to continue cutting specimens with the accuracy that comes from using a cutting die without having to purchase a new die. All our cutting dies are certified with a maintenance log for archiving as required per ISO equipment traceability.

Does your testing application require the use of a cutting die?

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