If you craft, a digital bridge cutting machine will open so many doors for you! You cannot pass up the accuracy and intricacy of cuts that you can achieve with an electronic die cutting machine. With so many machines on the market, you may be at a loss as to which one to pick. Below are the top brands of die cutting machines currently available and some things to consider if you’re looking for a new tool:
Which die cutting machine should you choose? Silhouette Cameo 3, Cameo 2, Curio, Brother Scan N Cut, Explore Air and Explore Air 2.
Which die cutting machine you should pick largely depends on the type of crafter you are, how tech savvy you are and what types of materials you want to work with. Below is a list of popular die cutting machines along with some information about what makes each one special. The machines have largely similar output, but the software differs quite a bit and each machine has it’s strong points. You can download the software for each machine from their respective manufacturers for free from their websites (find a list of them below). If you play with the software, you may find one that fits best with your crafting needs, but here are a few more things to consider:
SILHOUETTE CAMEO 3 FROM SILHOUETTE AMERICA
Silhouette cameo 3 machine.
The Silhouette Cameo 3 is the newest machine released by Silhouette America. The Cameo 3 sports built in touch screen with speakers, dual carriage to do two things at once, built in storage and Bluetooth capabilities. You can cut materials from 12 inches wide to 16.5 feet long and up to 2 mm thick! If you are working with materials that have a backing (such as heat transfer vinyl or adhesive backed vinyl), you can cut with or without a cutting mat. With the Silhouette Cameo, you can cut vinyl for home decor, heat transfer material for custom made t-shirts, draw or sketch designs, and cut paper for scrapbooking or card making. The Silhouette Cameo runs on the powerful Silhouette Studio software. With just the base software, you can create your own designs and use any font on your computer. With optional software upgrades, you can bring in SVG files and have even greater design capabilities including being able to work with CorelDraw and Adobe Illustrator files directly without converting them first (with Silhouette Connect). If you’re not feeling creative, you can also purchase designs from the Silhouette Design store (where you’ll also find a weekly freebie!). The Silhouette software is PC and Mac friendly and can be used with or without an internet connection. Find all our Silhouette Cameo 3 machine bundles here.
SILHOUETTE CAMEO 2 FROM SILHOUETTE AMERICA
Silhouette Cameo 2 machine.
The Silhouette Cameo 2 is the previous version of the Silhouette Cameo. While this version of the machines lacks the Bluetooth capabilities and dual carriage of the Cameo3 machine, it uses the same Silhouette Studio software and is just as powerful and versatile as the Cameo3 machine. Just plug your machine into your computer (via the included USB cord) when you need to complete a job. The Cameo 2 can get you all the design power of a Silhouette Cameo machine with a smaller price tag. Find all our Silhouette Cameo 2 machine bundles here.
SILHOUETTE CURIO FROM SILHOUETTE AMERICA
Silhouette Curio machine.If you want to sketch, etch, stipple or emboss & deboss, check out the Curio. The Silhouette Curio runs using the same software as the Cameo2 and Cameo3, but it has a smaller footprint. The Curio can cut 8.5 inches wide and up to 6 inches long. With the optional larger base, you can cut 8.5 inches wide and up to 12 inches long. The Curio can emboss paper for card making using the included wide and fine embossing tools, create stippled designs with a stippling tool or on paper with a marker or pen, and etch metal sheets with the etching tool. You can cut and draw, draw with two pens or emboss and cut all using the dual carriage. The Curio is great for small projects like custom jewelry and is especially useful for card making or smaller projects. With a 5mm clearance bar, you can work with thicker materials using the deep cut blade as well. Find all our Silhouette Curio bundles here.
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