The Die Store – shape your next launch

Posted 21st July 2021

Wide selection of different coloured soaps laid out flat on a neutral background

It’s a conversation customers often have with us and it goes something like this, “We’d like to try some new shapes for our soaps but we don’t have the budget to develop them, can you help?” Fortunately, the answer is often ‘yes’ and part of the reason for that is our unique ‘die store.’

Without wanting to get too technical a ‘die’ is an essential part of the soap making process. Simply put, it is the mould used to give any bar of soap its shape. Soap base, colouring, fragrance and ingredients are mixed, extruded and then pressed into a mould to create the finished bar, however to describe it as a simple mould doesn’t do it justice.

The die-making process is a masterclass in the art of genuine metalwork craftsmanship. There are very few skilled die-makers left and we are fortunate to have close relationships with the best in Europe.

The evolution of die making in soap

Originally dies were made from brass. This was the industry standard and how soap dies were made for many years. However, brass is a poor convector of heat and as such it requires more power to cool and heat during the manufacturing process. With this in mind, we started to work with other metals and developed bronze dies. Bronze was a success and allowed not only improved production performance but also more intricate designs. As bronze is a precious metal and expensive we searched for an alternative and have in recent years developed copper as our metal of choice for dies.

Copper is an excellent convector of heat and it is also a wonderful metal to work with because it allows much greater flexibility for design and intricate detail such as logos or name-styles. Convection is important because it affects the amount of power that’s required in the manufacturing process. The less power required, the lower the cost, and the better the process is for the environment too. Copper ticks that box.

We’ve also introduced a further innovation by coating the copper die with Niflon which provides a micro-thin coating on the copper that greatly helps with lubrication, reduces wastage, improves hygiene and assists the manufacturing process.

The Soapworks die store

Not only does constant innovation with dies ensure we continue to provide the best possible manufacturing process it also means we have a tried and tested collection of different shapes and sizes in stock.

We can also adapt an existing die to incorporate your brand logo. This is more cost-effective than creating a brand-new tool and helps ease the production process as we already know how the particular shape or design will run in the factory. With a range of different dies to choose from, we can help you get the perfect shape and look for your next big launch.

If you’d like to know more about our die store, or how the Soapworks team can help you shape your next launch, please get in touch.

We can also adapt an existing die to incorporate your brand logo. With a range of different dies to choose from, we can help you get the perfect shape and look for your next big launch.