From the same company that brought you the Silhouette CAMEO 3, comes this product – the Silhouette Curio Cutting Tool. But before we delve into the various usefulness of this unit, we will first thrill you with the general statistics of this unit and also its parts and functions.
But before we do that, you must know that the Silhouette Curio Cutting Tool can rightly be described as a hobby machine that was created with the sole purpose of being a perfect complement to Silhouette’s range of other cutting tools, foremost amongst them being the Silhouette Portrait and Silhouette CAMEO series.
Dimensioned 17.2 x 5.5 x 7 inches and weighing 9.6 pounds, all that the Silhouette Curio Cutting Tool requires you to do before it gets you started is just connecting the Curio to your computer with the included USB cable and availing yourself of the included Silhouette Studio software, just begin to design your project. When you’re done designing, send your project to the Silhouette Curio Cutting Tool to put your signature style on the project. It is that simple.
The Curio offres larger clearance so its can cut more thicker materials even though its cutting area is smaller. The maximum cut size for the Curio is 8.5 x 12. The clearance is also lower compared to what we are used to in the Cameo. It has a 1mm clearance area but can cut 12X12 on a standard cutting mat. If you however decide not to use the mat, it can cut 12″ by 10 feet without it or by using the Silhouette Roll Feeder.
The blades of the Curio are quite versatile and can be used for other machines as well such as the Cameo and the Portrait. The blades also have an inbuilt blade ratchet placed on the platform and not the actual base of the machine as seen on the Cameo.
The Silhouette CURIO is better suited for embossing and stippling materials. It can cut the same materials that can be cut by the CAMEO but on a much smaller scale.
If there is one area that stands the CURIO out, it has to be the large clearance area for materials way more than what you would find in other die-cutters. It allows materials such as foam, metal and even wood to pass through its carriage due to its large clearance area.
The Silhouette Studio Software allows for additional editing and design options for the CURIO, though there is a caveat as your Curio’s USB must be plugged into the computer where the software is being run, or it must have been the last machine plugged into the computer.
When it comes to loading and unloading mats and materials, a few details should be noted for the CURIO. You have to manually pull the tray through to the back of the machine then press either the load or unload button on the side of the machine. Once this is done, the CURIO will accurately detect the mat and position it correctly. Unloading it is quite simple, you have to press the “unload” button on the control settings and then physically pull the tray with the mat on it out of the machine.
Major Features of the Silhouette Curio Cutting Tool
The Silhouette Curio Cutting Tool is the perfect machine for DIYers that love to diversify their creativity. The major uses of the Silhouette Curio Cutting Tool are,
i. It can be used for creating stunning multicolor sketches of multi-colored and intricate designs. This is made possible through the use of the Silhouette Curio Cutting Tool’s dual carriage.
ii. The machine can aid you in the embellishing of metals and foils with unique stipple patterns.
iii. It can be used for the creation of beautifully etched metal.
iv. It can be used for the creation of unique stippled ink projects to meet your specification.
v. The Curio’s unique stippling feature allows for the creation of unforgettable arts by utilizing dots only. Create stippled ink projects with Silhouette felt tip pens or even stipple foils and metals.
vi. The machine also aids you in cutting custom designs out of card stock, paper, vinyl, fabric, vellum, stencil material and more.
vii. It can surely be used for sketching and cutting fonts already installed on your computer.
viii. For the addition of embossed textures to soft papers, vellum and other delicate materials. It can also be used for the debossing of the emboss on these materials as well.
ix. Aiding your ability to use unique materials as project surfaces such as woods, canvas, metals, and more.
x. Cutting printed materials (Print & Cut feature).
As with all other Silhouette machines, the Silhouette Curio Cutting Tool is driven by the Silhouette Studio software and also the Silhouette Design Store; a marketplace of over 70,000 ready-made designs available for purchase.
With the Silhouette design store, you can find the perfect design, customize and resize the design to suit your needs. You can also design your own projects from scratch using the several hundreds of design tools in the Silhouette Studio software. However, the most amazing thing about the Silhouette Curio Cutting Tool is that, it was designed deliberately (for now) to be the only machine that can unlock the etching, stippling, debossing, embossing and dual carriage features that are present in Silhouette Studio design software.
Curiously, the Silhouette Curio Cutting Tool is capable of three types of embossing methods, namely -Path Emboss, Score & Emboss, and Print & Emboss. With the Silhouette Curio Cutting Tool, you can cut thicker materials also just like the Silhouette new range of cutting machines. When the Silhouette Curio Cutting Tool is used with Silhouette’s new deep-cut blade, you can cut up to 2mm thick materials; this is aided by the 5mm clearance on the tray, which allows you to feed thicker materials through the machine.