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 How to Cut Plotter Paper

 

Plotter paper is a specialized kind of paper usually sold in rolls for use in drum plotter machines. The paper wraps around a drum in the machine and feeds out as it is printed upon. You may have seen it used for technical work, such as blueprint drawings and building designs. There is also a sheet-type plotter paper that is used for flatbed plotting machines. Due to its width and technical nature, cutting plotter paper by hand with scissors isn't going to suffice, but there are other options.

1 Acquire a plotter machine with an integrated cutter for the easiest, most accurate way to cut your plotter paper. Depending on your needs, you can opt for a machine that is capable of doing both straight and curved cuts. There are a variety of models, but the basic features are the same.

2 Look for a machine with adjustable cutting speed and pressure. Cutting plotters are controlled by software that will have options for setting your parameters. You can often change these settings during use to further fine-tune the cutting of your finished product.

3 Graph your drawing and enter the coordinates into the plotter machine. These coordinates are what the cutter will follow. It can be as simple as cutting off a straight section of the sheet, such as in blueprints, or as complicated as cutting out a clothing pattern.

4 Research manual types of cutters if you aren't ready for, or don't have the need for, a cutter plotter machine. Look into a hand cutter, sometimes called a guillotine cutter. These are available in a variety of widths. With some, you use your hands to operate the cutting lever. Others have an automatic option. Your workload will help determine which type is best for you.