Carton and Die Maker








What is a Carton & Die-Maker?

A Carton & Die-Maker works in the printing industry.  They are often grouped together under Tool Makers.

A Carton & Die-Maker is a trained specialist who creates dies (shapes) for the printing industry.  In this case, the Carton & Die-Maker – will make dies to cut out cartons or boxes.

A die is a specific shape carefully designed by designers – which the Die-Maker will create out of metal with very sharp edges.  These edges act like a guillotine and will either cut the shape out of the cardboard completely or just ‘score’ it.  Scoring means it will not cut the cardboard but just create a line/crease for easy folding.

Some dies can be very simple and others can be extremely complicated. 

It is up to the Die-Maker to precisely bend the metal ‘blade’ into the required shape.  Measurements have to be exact – right down to the last mm.

Other Die-Makers may make dies for shaped brochures, promotional items, packaging, etc etc.

What does a Carton & Die-Maker do?

  • works off detailed die-lines (designer drawings)
  • operates various technical machinery using precise measuring devices
  • does lots of mathematics to make sure measurements are exact
  • bends and shapes metal using special tools
  • sharpens the ‘blade’

Are you … ?

  • mathematically inclined?
  • good with your hands?
  • accurate?
  • precise?
  • reliable?
  • able to deal with stress and deadlines?

How do I become a Carton & Die-Maker?

  • CLICK HERE to find out how to become a Die-Maker



  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scamsmake sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. 
  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 


Here are a few examples of places you could contact:

  • TASA: Toolmaking Association of South Africa




OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Tool, Jig and Die-Maker  … or … Welder

Is becoming a Carton & Die-Maker the right career choice for me?