Die cutting machines are generally used for embossing, engraving and even simply cutting paper, fabric, thin metal and card. Traditionally, if you wanted to cut out a number of the same intricate design, you would have to use scissors or a scalpel. Not ideal! Die cutters take away this labour and intricately and rapidly cut the design you require. The actual 'die' is the pattern or design you are cutting out. You load this into the machine.