Computerized Mat Cutters - Neutral CMC Comparison List

Frame shop computerized mat cutters CMC comparison list updated 7/28/2015 Comments, corrections, suggestions? CONTACT US

Please use these tools to visit each site, contact the vendors, try their demos, see them in the field, and make an informed buying decision. Some factors that should be taken into consideration are availability of service/tech support, user friendliness of software, accuracy/quality of cuts, cost of ownership/maintenance, blade cost, etc. Vendor prices subject to change without notice, and may vary by country. As a result, prices are no longer included on this chart. Information on this list was originally gathered from vendor websites. All vendors on this list were emailed, asked for their input, and are encouraged to make corrections at any time. Vendor speed and feature claims have not been verified and I claim no responsibility for accuracy or merchantability fitness. Check with vendor for current prices, show specials, and other promotions.

ACTIVE PRODUCTS

CMC brand and model

Company web site and contact info

max
mat
size
in
inches

on-site setup& train
s i n c e
software platform details
hold down type & min
w a r r
yearly ext maint plan+
blade cost each
p
L Y
stand
comments, special features, options

Esterly
CMC

www.speedmat.com
Speed-Mat
800-882-7017
Maine, USA

40x32

40x60
opt $
2 0 0 1
controller box included. PC Option - see notes
pneum
1 2
$??? +see key below
24¢
6
incl

Base package includes baseboard made of lightweight aluminum and a warp-free honeycomb interior, 45-degree bevel pneumatic indexing knifehead, four-function controller for operating machine and setting and saving mat-cutting specifications (metric or inches), pneumatic kit, wall mounting brackets, 100 Esterly Advantage blades and 1-year warranty. speed: 20"/sec. Optional PC application ($500) provides wide flexibility for designing mats and saving the designs. PC not included. via serial. req 40psi.
Lease-to-own program starts at $245/month

Gunnar
AiOX Basic

gunnar-usa.com
Gunnar USA
360-657-5291
Washington, USA

36x48

44x66

incl
2 0 1 5
PC required, free s/w upgrade,
and copies
pneum button clamp,
no wastage
2 4
$??? +see key below
44¢ 50- 100 mats
8
opt $300

Single 45° cutting head, 20”/second, automatic depth control, automatic nesting, optional T1 scoring/creasing tools for debossing and custom packaging, warranty is 2 years or 50,000 openings, USB interface, GMC s/w free updates for life, ArtView visualization included free, 200+ design templates & scalable packaging templates, optional vacuum table, extended support available, lease financing available. Last updated by vendor 7/27/2015 JG. Please call for current pricing.

Gunnar
AiOX Hybrid

gunnar-usa.com
Gunnar USA
360-657-5291
Washington, USA

36x48

44x66

incl
2 0 1 5
PC required, free s/w upgrade,
and copies
pneum button clamp,
no wastage
2 4
$??? +see key below
44¢ 50- 100 mats
8
wall mnt or opt stand $400

Patented Hybrid cutting head automatically does 45° and 90° cuts, 20”/second, automatic depth control, dynamic depth profiles for changing mat thickness without manual intervention, automatic nesting, scoring tools included for debossing and custom packaging, warranty is 2 years or 50,000 openings, USB interface, GMC s/w free updates for life, ArtView visualization included free, 200+ design templates & scalable packaging templates, optional vacuum table, extended support available, lease financing available. Last updated by vendor 7/27/2015 JG. Please call for current pricing.

Gunnar
AiOX Professional

gunnar-usa.com
Gunnar USA
360-657-5291
Washington, USA
36x48

44x66
incl
2 0 1 5
PC required, free s/w upgrade,
and copies
pneum button clamp,
no wastage
2 4
$??? +see key below
44¢ 50- 100 mats
1 2
incl

Twin 45° and 90° cutting heads, 40”/second, automatic depth control, automatic nesting, optional T1 scoring/creasing tools for debossing and packaging, cuts up to 12-ply board or 3/16” foam core, optional dual zone cutting (XL table only), warranty is 2 years or 200,000 openings, USB interface, GMC s/w free updates for life, ArtView visualization included free, 200+ design templates & scalable packaging templates, optional vacuum table, extended support available, lease financing available. Last updated by vendor 7/27/2015 JG. Please call for current pricing.

Gunnar
4001

gunnar-usa.com
Gunnar USA
360-657-5291
Washington, USA
49x74
incl
2 0 0 8
PC required, free s/w upgrade,
and copies
pneum button clamp & vacuum combo, no wastage
2 4
$??? +see key below
44¢ 50- 100 mats
1 2
incl

Largest cutting surface available, 49” x 74”, configured with servo motors, vacuum bed, and button clamps for zero waste. Positioning speed up to 80”/second, Twin 45° and 90° cutting heads, dual zone cutting (COE), automatic depth control, automatic nesting, T1 Debossing/creasing tools optional, cuts up to 12-ply board or 3/16” foam core, warranty is 2 years or 400,000 openings, USB interface, GMC s/w free updates for life, ArtView visualization included free, 200+ design templates & scalable packaging templates, optional vacuum table, extended support available, lease financing available. Last updated by vendor 7/27/2015 JG. Please call for current pricing.

Trucut
ELAN
http://www.trucut.co.uk

Trucut Technology 518.462.1842 US United Kingdom

32x48

44x64
opt $
1 9 9 8

PC required, free s/w upg

vacuum 3/4"
1 2
$??? +see key below
?
8
incl
Single bladed (bevel) cutter, bevel, vee & reverse bevel cuts. Table zoned to allow toggle cutting alternately left & right, Cut from the front or the back. Cuts vee without user intervention or second passes, Mat or sheet processor. Supports nested mats. Upgradeable, Supports dxf via converter to allow use of CAD, fonts, graphics, scans & clipart sources. outright purchase or lease. incl freight to USA. Free phone support

Trucut
EXCEL
http://www.trucut.co.uk

Trucut Technology 518.462.1842 US United Kingdom

32x48

44x64
opt $
2 0 0 2

PC included, free s/w upg

vacuum 3/4"
1 2
$??? +see key below
?
8
incl
Double bladed (bevel/vertical) cutter, bevel, vertical, vee & reverse bevel cuts. Table zoned to allow toggle cutting alternately left &right, Cut from the front or the back, Cuts vee without user intervention or second passes, Mat or sheet processor. Supports nested mats. Upgradeable, Supports dxf via converter to allow use of CAD, fonts, graphics, scans & clipart sources. outright purchase or lease. incl freight to USA. Free phone support

Trucut
ALPHA
www.trucut.co.uk

Trucut Technology 518.462.1842 US United Kingdom

32x48

48x66
opt $
1 9 9 4

PC included, free s/w upg

vacuum 3/4"
1 2
$??? +see key below
?
8
incl
Double bladed (bevel/vertical) cutter, bevel, vertical,vee & reverse bevel cuts. Table zoned to allow toggle cutting alternately left and right, Cut from the front or the back, Cuts vee without user intervention or second passes, Mat or sheet processor. Supports nested mats. Supports dxf via converter to allow use of CAD, fonts, graphics, scans & clipart sources. 48x66 version also supports two full 32x48 boards in portrait or single 48x66 board in landscape. outright purchase or lease. incl freight to USA. Free phone support

Valiani
MatPro CMC-iX

www.valiani.com
Valiani N America
888.825.4264
Florida, USA

32x48

40x60
opt $1200
2 0 0 5
PC w/17" LCD incl s/w updates included
pneum clamp ~3/4"
2 4
$??? +see key below
60¢ ~50 mats
8
incl ~40 deg or up right
Low-cost, fully functional CMC. Honeycomb-aluminum board with HD frame extrusions. Interchangeable 45, 50, 90 degree cutting heads. Optional matstylus head for french lines, line art, signatures. speed: 12"/sec. Cut from front or back. Can cut pre-assembled double or triple mats without removing from machine. Can cut 3/8" gator board or foam-core. Extremely durable blade. Cuts any design as V-groove, standard, or reverse-bevel. S/W allows scale, rotate, copy, paste of any opening or grouping. Integ w/Lifesaver FrameVue & SpecialtySoft View. 260+ pre-designed shape and corner templates, plus 370+ clip art designs. CAD pgm not reqd. Corner designs available. S/w can import from CorelDraw v8+, TTF fonts, clip art and custom PLT drawings. req 90psi, via USB 2.0. w:12 labor/24 parts. PC has its own manufacturer's warrantee. Lease-to-own program starts at $297/month

Valiani
LIBRA

www.valiani.com
Valiani N America
888.825.4264
Florida, USA

32x48

40x60
opt $1200
2 0 1 1
PC w/17" LCD incl s/w updates included
pneum clamp ~????"
2 4
$??? +see key below
??¢ ~50 mats
8
incl ~40 deg
This is a product introduced June 2011. Details are still pending for this product, from the vendor..

Valiani
SUPREME-iS

www.valiani.com
Valiani N America
888.825.4264
Florida, USA

32x48

40x60
opt $1200
2 0 0 5
PC w/17" LCD incl s/w updates included
pneum clamp ~3/4"
2 4
$??? +see key below
60¢ ~50 mats
8
incl ~40 deg
Honeycomb-aluminum board with HD frame extrusions. rapid blade change feature, emergency stop button, interchangeable 45, 50, 90 degree cutting heads. Optional matstylus head for french lines, line art, signatures. speed: 21"/sec. Cut from front or back. Can cut pre-assembled double or triple mats without removing from machine. Can cut 3/8" gator board or foam-core. Extremely durable blade. Cuts any design as V-groove, standard, or reverse-bevel. S/W allows scale, rotate, copy, paste of any opening or grouping. Integ w/Lifesaver FrameVue & SpecialtySoft View. 260+ pre-designed shape and corner templates, plus 370+ clip art designs. CAD pgm not reqd. Corner designs available. S/w can import from CorelDraw v8+, TTF fonts, clip art and custom PLT drawings. req 90psi, via USB 2.0. PC has its own manufacturer's warrantee.

Valiani
PLUS-iS

www.valiani.com
Valiani N America
888.825.4264
Florida, USA

32x48

40x60
incl
1 9 9 8
PC w/17" LCD incl s/w updates included
pneum clamp ~3/4"
2 4
$??? +see key below
60¢ ~50 mats
8
incl ~40 deg

Honeycomb-aluminum board with HD frame extrusions, high speed cutting, HD floor stand, manual control keypad on machine, rapid blade change feature, emergency stop button, interchangeable 45, 50, 90 degree cutting heads. Optional matstylus head for french lines, line art, signatures. speed: 43"/sec. Cut from front or back. Can cut pre-assembled double or triple mats without removing from machine. Can cut 3/8" gator board or foam-core. Extremely durable blade. Cuts any design as V-groove, standard, or reverse-bevel. S/W allows scale, rotate, copy, paste of any opening or grouping. Integ w/Lifesaver FrameVue & SpecialtySoft View. 260+ pre-designed shape and corner templates, plus 370+ clip art designs. CAD pgm not reqd. Corner designs available. S/w can import from CorelDraw v8+, TTF fonts, clip art and custom PLT drawings. req 90psi, via USB 2.0. PC has its own manufacturer's warrantee.

Valiani
GTO-i
www.valiani.com
Valiani N America
888.825.4264
Florida, USA

40x60
incl
2 0 0 5
PC w/17" LCD incl s/w updates included
pneum clamp ~3/4" ; indepen l&r side clamps
2 4
$??? +see key below
60¢ ~50 mats
8
incl near flat work table angle
Dual workstation capability, automatic blade depth adjustment, interchangeable 45, 50, 90 degree cutting heads. Optional matstylus head for french lines, line art, signatures. very high speed cutting 55"/sec, manual control keypad, full safety guards - all sides. Cut from front or back. Can cut pre-assembled double or triple mats without removing from machine. Can cut 3/8" gator board or foam-core. Extremely durable blade. Cuts any design as V-groove, standard, or reverse-bevel. S/W allows scale, rotate, copy, paste of any opening or grouping. Integ w/Lifesaver FrameVue & SpecialtySoft View. 260+ pre-designed shape and corner templates, plus 370+ clip art designs. CAD pgm not reqd. Corner designs available. S/w can import from CorelDraw v8+, TTF fonts, clip art and custom PLT drawings. req 90psi, via USB 2.0. PC has its own manufacturer's warrantee..

Wizard
8000

www.wizardint.com
Wizard International
888.855.3335
Washington, USA

32x40

40x60
purch: incl rental: $ask
2 0 0 3

PC included, free s/w upg, demo

pneum clamp 1.5"
2 4
$1995 +see key below
15¢
8
wall floor or
pc

Single blade. 15 lf/min, supports TTFs, multi & 360 rot. openings. trade in/upgrade pgm, 500 blades, phone support. optional debossing cartridge available. Incl MatDesigner® s/w, Seamless Integ w/IF Retail Management and IF Visualization. Setup incl w/purchase. 12mo pc, Lease options available. Last updated by vendor 7/28/2015 DS. Please EMAIL for current pricing.
Time Rental Plan: $325/mo, $500 license fee, unlimited corners, lifetime cmc warr/12mo pc
JR Rental Plan: $245/mo, $500 lic. fee, 1000 corners/mo incl. 1001+=10¢ea, lifetime cmc warr/12 mo pc
QuickStart Rental Plan: $165/mo, $500 lic. fee, 300 corners/mo incl. 301+=25¢ea, lifetime cmc warr/12 mo pc
stand option has 38"x72" footprint at 45 degree setting or 50"x72" footprint at 15 degree setting. wall bracket option sits out 32" from wall and is 72"wX53"h. cpu stand option is 28"wX47"hX29"d.

Wizard
9000

www.wizardint.com
Wizard International
888.855.3335 Washington, USA

32x40

40x60
purch: incl rental: $ask
2 0 1 0

PC included, free s/w upg, demo

pneum clamp ?"
2 4
n/a
15¢
8 wall floor or
pc

Multiple blade cartridges. 30 lf/min, supports TTFs, mult & 360 rot. openings. trade in/upgrade pgm, 500 blades, phone support. Cartridges included: 45, 52 & 90 degree cut, foamboard, pen tool, and debossing. Incl Frameshop® s/w, Seamless Integ w/IF Retail Management and IF Visualization. Setup incl w/purchase. 12mo pc, Lease options available. Last updated by vendor 7/28/2015 DS. Please EMAIL for current pricing.
Time Rental Plan: $395/mo, $750 license fee, unlimited corners, lifetime cmc warr/12mo pc
JR Rental Plan: $325/mo, $750 lic. fee, 1000 corners/mo incl. 1001+=10¢ea, lifetime cmc warr/12 mo pc
stand option has 38"x72" footprint at 45 degree setting or 50"x72" footprint at 15 degree setting. wall bracket option sits out 32" from wall and is 72"wX53"h. cpu stand option is 28"wX47"hX29"d.

CMC brand and model

Company web site and contact info

max
mat
size
in
inches

on-site setup& train
s i n c e
software platform details
hold down type & min
w a r r
yearly ext maint plan
blade cost each
p
L Y
stand
comments, special features, options

Computerized Mat Cutters for Frame Shops compiled neutrally by Michael Labbe & Andrew Langlois, CPF. Get The Picture, LLC (C)2002-2016

KEY

CMC MODEL & CO:
The name of the product, web link, vendor name, vendor city/state/country, contact phone
FULL PKG PRICE & SIZE:
Full retail price for the product in USD $. Shipping may be extra. Maximum mat size supported is also noted after each price.
ON SITE SETUP/TRN:
(Y/N/$) Includes on site setup and training at your US location. (or fee if optional)
AVAIL SINCE:
The year the system was introduced
S/W PLATFORM:
Supported software platform (windows/mac/unix, etc), PC included or optional?, updates included?,demo avail?, language or database engine used.
HOLD DOWN TYPE:
Method used to hold the mat in place and minimum clearance needed for clamping mechanism. (std cuts)
WARRANTEE:
Initial warrantee (in months) included with package. Extended warrantee details can be specified in comments area.
BLADE COST :
The cost for replacement blades, in USD$ (consumable item, each) Cost is based on qty discount of 500 blades. Approx life of each blade.
PLY :
The maximum ply this unit can cut. (8 ply = ~3.5mm, 12 ply = ~5mm)
STAND:
Is a stand included? If not, what options are available, with prices.
COMMENTS:
Everything else. Any features that make this product unique. Cutting system, leasing or rental programs, blades inlcuded, extended warrantee/maintenance clarification, comments, etc.

 

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DISCONTINUED AND/OR SUPERSEDED PRODUCTS
CMC model and company info
comments, special features, options
ARAGO CYBERMAT
Arago Robotics
Moscow, ID
out.of.business
product discontinued 1996. This model was available from 1993-1996
Third party support program is available from
www.thecmcdoctor.com
ESTERLY SPIRIT
Speed-Mat
800.882.7017
Maine, USA
product discontinued.

FLETCHER F6100
Fletcher-Terry Co
800.843.3826
Connecticut, USA

product discontinued 4/2003, supported until 2010. original selling price was $24,000.  
GUNNAR F1
Gunnar International
905.738.7856
Canada/Switzerland
avail 2005-2014. No longer offered, but still supported. Single 45° cutting head, with automatic depth adjustment for double mats & v-grooves (cuts VG and openings uninterupted in one pass). Head interchangable with T1 debossing/creasing tool head. High speed = 20"/sec. Non-warp aluminum base board. Software features cut from front or back, nested mats, cut any TT font, direct import from CorelDraw, VG, reverse bevel, deboss & rotate any shape or design. T2 Scribe or PenTool option. Customized fold-up boxes & protective corners. Tool-less blade change. 8ply. Adjustable table angle. req 90psi, serial interface.
GUNNAR F1 Hybrid
Gunnar
International
905.738.7856
Canada/Switzerland
avail 2009-2014. No longer offered, but still supported. Fully automatic Hybrid cutting head. Hybrid cutting head has the benefit of multipurpose functions; cut opening at 45°, outside at 90°, add v-grooves, do different mat layers - double, triple mats etc. plus cuts different matboard thicknesses,all done fully AUTOMATICALLY. T2 Scribe or PenTool option. up to 12 ply.
GUNNAR 601
Gunnar International
905.738.7856
Canada/Switzerland
avail 2010-2014. No longer offered, but still supported. The original button clamp machine. Cutting speed 40"/s. Twin cutting head: interchangeable 45° cutting head - features automatic depth adjustment for double mats & v-grooves (cuts VG and openings uninterupted in one pass) & 90° cutting head which features "cut to the edge" with no wastage. 45° head interchangeable w/T1 debossing/creasing tool head. Non-warp aluminum base board. Software features cut from front or back, nested mats, cut any TT font, direct import from CorelDraw, VG, reverse bevel, deboss & rotate any shape or design. Customized fold-up boxes & protective corners. Includes COE system (split cutting zones - which allows one operator to cut 2 mats on the table, replacing one mat while other mat is being cut). T2 Scribe or PenTool option. Tool-less blade change. Adjustable table angle. req 90psi, serial interface. up to 12 ply.
GUNNAR Rapido
Gunnar International 905.738.7856
Canada/Switzerland

avail 1998-2003. No longer offered or supported. Single 45° cutting head. Software features cut from front or back, VG , reverse bevel & rotate any shape or design. Tool-less blade change.

GUNNAR 1001
Gunnar International 905.738.7856
Canada/Switzerland
avail 1996-2007. No longer offered or supported. Single 45° cutting head. Software features cut from front or back, VG , reverse bevel & rotate any shape or design. Tool-less blade change.
GUNNAR 2001
Gunnar International 905.738.7856
Canada/Switzerland
avail 1993-1996. No longer offered or supported. Single 45° cutting head. Software features cut from front or back, VG , reverse bevel & rotate any shape or design.
GUNNAR 3001
Gunnar International 905.738.7856
Canada/Switzerland
avail 2000-2009. No longer offered, but still supported. Dual 45° cutting heads. Software features cut from front or back, VG , reverse bevel & rotate any shape or design.

MAT MAESTRO 4060 out.of.business

product discontinued/company failed in 2001
Third party support program is available from
www.thecmcdoctor.com

WIZARD 5000
Wizard International 888.855.3335
Washington, USA

avail 1994-2003. Single blade. supports TTFs, multi-openings, 360 rot. openings, 6ply, unlimited phone support
Still supported. Trade-in program available. See Wizard 9000

WIZARD 8500 (all variations)
Wizard International 888.855.3335
Washington, USA

avail 2005-2014. Dual blade.30lf/min, supports TTFs, multi-openings, 360 rot. openings, 8ply,switchblade tech w/45 & 90 degree cuts,pneumatic clamp, 32x40 and 40x60 sizes
Still supported. Trade-in program available. See Wizard 9000

WIZARD/ECLIPSE PRO
Wizard International 888.855.3335
Washington, USA

avail 1996-2014. Single blade, pneum linear 1" clamps, 8 ply capable, avail 32x40 and 40x60. original msrp $23k/$24k
1/19/2006: Wizard acquired the Eclipse CMC line. supported by Wizard International

WIZARD/ECLIPSE XL
Wizard International 888.855.3335
Washington, USA

avail 1996-2014, Single blade, pneum linear 1" clamps, 8 ply capable, avail 32x40 and 40x60. original msrp $18k/19k
1/19/2006: Wizard acquired the Eclipse CMC line, supported by Wizard International

WIZARD/ECLIPSE LT
Wizard International 888.855.3335
Washington, USA

avail 1996-2006, Single blade, disc when Wizard acquired Eclipse. original msrp was $12k
1/19/2006: Wizard acquired the Eclipse CMC line, supported by Wizard International

ZUND M800
www.zund.co.uk
Zund Plotting Sys. 440.1707.390011 United Kingdom

>Avail 2006-2012. Cuts up to 40 inches per second. bevel, straight, french line cutting with one head, vacuum holddown method means virtually no waste, 8 ply, extended blade life, 32x40, adapted for Wizard s/w, orig msrp $52k

ZUND M1600
www.zund.co.uk
Zund Plotting Sys. 440.1707.390011 United Kingdom

Avail 2006-2012. Cuts up to 40 inches per second. bevel, straight, french line cutting with one head, vacuum holddown method means virtually no waste, 8 ply, extended blade life, 40x60, adapted for Wizard s/w, orig msrp $65k

ZUND L800
www.zund.co.uk
Zund Plotting Sys. 440.1707.390011 United Kingdom

avail 2006-2012, available in 31",51", 70", 86" widths at different prices. 2006-2012 ? unknown details, they did not respond to 2006 and later inquiries for info.