Dielines are files that communicate the detailed dimensions and artwork placement of your packaging design to your supplier. With the details from your dieline, suppliers can send you an accurate quote and move your project seamlessly to production.
Dielines are created by packaging engineers using CAD software. There are several options for getting a dieline that you can add artwork to.
You can get dielines custom tailored to your product by working with independent agencies or freelance Lumi Experts who specialize in packaging engineering. Learn more about how to work with packaging experts.
You can use a pre-existing dieline from a different packaging supplier, or third-party structural engineering agency.
Even if you don't have packaging engineering experience, you may be able to use simple tools such as diecuttemplates.com to create your own dielines. Once you submit them for quotes, individual suppliers can work with you to refine them for production.
Some suppliers on Lumi offer packaging engineering services. When you request a quote you can create an item with limited specs and call out in the notes of your quote request that you are looking for packaging engineering help. The downside of this approach is that you will have fewer suppliers to chose from than if you do the packaging engineering upfront.