Our next entrant into the cutting machine review comes from another giant in the DIY cutting machine manufacturers – SILHOUETTE. Firstly, much like a home printer, the Silhouette Cameo 3 cutting machine has the ability to connect to your Pc, laptop, iPod or iPad, even your android device, wirelessly through its accompanying Bluetooth technology or if you fancy sending prints the old school way, via the USB cable that comes with the machine.
The Silhouette Cameo 3 is dimensioned 22.5 x 8.5 x 6 inches and clocks a weight of 6 pounds before shipping. Its average shipping weight comes with 12.2 pounds. Now that we have that out of the way, let us settle into what this machine really does.
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About Silhouette Cameo 3
The Silhouette CAMEO 3 is touted as being the apex predator in the DIY machine chain. By utilizing a well sized small blade, it is able to slice through over 100 materials, including paper, vinyl, cardstock, and generally, any fabric up to 12 inch wide (Silhouette CAMEO 3 machine is also one of the best fabric cutting machines). The Silhouette Cameo 3 also has the ability to cut and register printed materials and is PixScan compatible. What this means is that it has quite a very large cutting space and is one of the most versatile cutting units with respect to materials that can be cut.
Upon opening the carton, you can easily notice that this cutting machine doesn’t come alone but comes inclusive of other parts, viz; Silhouette Studio software, 12 inch Cutting Mat, Power cable and USB cable, AutoBlade cutting blade, One month Basic Subscription to the Silhouette Design Store, Crosscutter and 100 digital designs to aid you kick off your designing and creation career right off the bat.
Once the Studio 4 software is out, it will be an automatic update for your software version. Most Silhouette software can use Studio 4 but some certain options made available for the CAMEO 4 won’t be available when you’re using other crafters.
Out of the box, the Silhouette CAMEO 3 includes the cutting machine itself, the Studio software 3 (which will be upgraded to 4, once its released) a power cable and USB cable, 12″ cutting mat, AutoBlade cutting blade (which can automatically adjust itself based on the material being cut), Crosscutter, 1 month Basic subscription to the Silhouette Design Store and 100 free digital designs.
When it comes to cutting ability, the Silhouette CAMEO is at the forefront. It has the ability to cut out 100 different materials, which is quite a lot. It’s known among cutters as the “ultimate DIY machine”.
In addition to the above mentioned functions, the Silhouette product comes with other benefits for its users. The only catch is that you have to be a registered member of the platform. For instance when ypu get the Silhouette CAMEO 3, make sure you get your machine registered.
This is simply done by entering the serial number of your product online in the Silhouette site. Immediately you get your machine registered, you get an instantaneous download credit, sent to you via your registered email which is meant to be used in the Silhouette Design store. But there’s a catch, this credit is designed in such a way that it is only valid for one month, meaning that it expires a month after you get it, so make sure you use it all up. If not, you’ll lose it.
Other examples of the above mentioned value added services include:
a. The Silhouette Design Store: If you didn’t know already, it is a store with over 85,000 downloadable designs from myriad of gifted artists. Once you buy a design it becomes your own. You can consequently build your own personal digital design library to use whenever you want. With the Silhouette Design Store you only pay for the designs you really want—no need for expensive cartridges or access to shapes you’ll never use.
b. Silhouette Studio software: This software is a pretty amazing design software for any cutting system in the market. It is surprisingly simple to use despite the plethora of functions it is capable of and comes absolutely free to Silhouette users. Countless ways for the customization of design projects are also available on the silhouette software.
c. PixScan Technology: Last but not the list is the amazing new PixScan technology. This technology available to the Silhouette cutting system enables you to precisely cut around a printed design or to insert cut lines into specific locations on your material through the aid of a scanner or simple camera like phone and tablet cameras. The PixScan algorithm allows the Silhouette CAMEO to recognize specially placed registration marks on the PixScan cutting mat. This technology is also very ideal for saving any photographed or scanned image into your personal digital library or transforming a hand-drawn sketch into a new custom cut file.
More: Check out a comparison of Silhouette Cameo 3 vs Cricut Explore Air 2.