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The Mat DoctorsThe CMCA tool for Framing
The University of California Home Plate was created by Kirstie Bennett and Jeff Goldberg, whose challenges included mechanically supporting the home plate. A CMC was used to cut the multiple opening mats into the irregular home plate shape. Most CMCs have the ability to pull an existing shape from a library of files and change the proportions and rotate and scale it so that with a few clicks a unique shape is ready to cut. Plus, the subsequent layer is also in perfect registration. With a mat design like this, a CMC holds a distinct advantage versus manual mat cutters
When very unusual shapes are needed that do not exist in the files/library, most CMCs have some software typically built in to create what is needed.
Computerized mat cutters are useful and can enhance your creativity as well. Many times complicated design patterns or ideas can be accomplished by programming a CMC. CMC design opportunities are endless and quite often allow you to produce imaginative pieces in less time and with more accuracy than a manual cutter can. It is up to an individual framer to decide when it is appropriate to use a CMC and when a manual cutter is the better choice.