Another piece of equipment often found in drafting shops is a mat cutter.
The two basic types of mat cutters are hand-held mat cutters and carriage
units. Hand-cut mats require great skill and a steady hand. Carriage units
ensure uniformity, speed, and accuracy. Carriage units cut oval, round,
rectangular, square, and fancy cut mats. They may be large and mounted on
a wall or they may be small tabletop units. Both types of mat cutters require
a plentiful supply of fresh blades.
Figure 2-8 shows a mat being cut by hand.
Figure 2-8. Hand cutting a mat.
Figure 2-9 shows a tabletop carriage unit.
Figure 2-9. A carriage-
type mat cutter.
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