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Silhouette CAMEO 3 Wireless Cutting Machine - AutoBlade - Dual Carriage - Silhouette Studio Software
- Cuts a variety of material including vinyl, paper, cardstock, fabric, and other materials up to 12 inches wide and 10 feet long.
- Use the powerful Silhouette Studio design software to create your projects. Features Bluetooth® technology for wireless cutting or plugs into your home computer.
- Features a dual-carriage for multi-tool use and a higher 2 mm clearance to cut thicker materials. Is compatible with Print & Cut and PixScan technology.
- Is the only Silhouette compatible with the self-adjusting AutoBlade.
- Includes Silhouette CAMEO cutting machine, Silhouette Studio software, power cable and USB cable, 12-Inch Cutting Mat, AutoBlade cutting blade
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The Silhouette CAMEO 3 is your standard in wireless electronic cutting. Like a home printer, it connects to your pc, Mac, iPad, iphone or Android device wirelessly. OR connect using the included USB cable. Instead of printing it uses a small blade to cut paper, cardstock, vinyl, fabric, and other material up to 12 inches wide and 10 feet long. The machine also has the ability to register and cut printed materials and is PixScan compatible. Use the mat-less cutting feature to the get most of your vinyl and heat transfer projects. Unlike other cutters certain materials can be cut without using the included cutting mat!
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Bluetooth Built In
The CAMEO 3 is Bluetooth compatible and allows wireless communication. Using Bluetooth technology, your CAMEO can receive cut jobs by devices other than your computer. This also means your CAMEO will be able to receive cut jobs without being attached to your computer.
The Silhouette CAMEO 3
Dream it up. Cut it out.
The Silhouette CAMEO is the ultimate DIY machine. It uses a small blade to cut over 100 materials, including paper, cardstock, vinyl, and fabric up to 12 inch wide. The CAMEO has the ability to register and cut printed materials and is PixScan compatible. What does this mean for you? It is our machine that has one of the largest cutting space and is one of the most versatile in the materials it can cut. Create using your computer, smart phone or tablet.
- Dual-carriage for multi-tool use
- Higher 2 mm clearance to cut thicker materials
- Included Bluetooth for wireless cutting
- Matless cutting capability - Cut vinyl and heat transfer without a cutting mat
- Barcode scanning feature for repeated cut jobs - COMING SOON
- Compatible with Print and Cut and PixScan technology.
- Blade and Silhouette tools storage compartments
- Access to the Silhouette Design Store, a marketplace of over 100,000 ready-made designs
What's in the box?
- Silhouette CAMEO 3 Wireless Cutting Machine
- Silhouette Studio Software
- Power cable and USB cable
- 12x12 inch cutting mat
- AutoBlade - Silhouette's new auto adjusting blade
- One month basic subscription to the Silhouette Design Store
- Vinyl Crosscutter
- 100 digital designs to begin creating right out of the box
- Blade Adjustment tool
Key CAMEO 3 Features
Silhouette AutoBlade Compatible
Sit back and relax, Silhouette CAMEO 3 has a built in AutoBlade. You will never forget to adjust your blade, the Silhouette will do it for you. In addition to having an AutoBlade, the CAMEO 3 works with the Deep-Cut Blade.
Blade and other storage compartments keep all your extra blades and Silhouette tools in one easy to access storage compartment.
The CAMEO 3 features a dual-carriage. The tool holders are marked with red circle on the left and a blue circle on the right. Insert your tools (such as an AutoBlade and a sketch pen) into the corresponding tool holders as you have assigned in your Cut Settings in Silhouette Studio and watch your machine perform two different functions in one cut job.
Matless Cutting Capability
The CAMEO 3 is the leading digital cutter for matless cutting. When using paperbacked material such as vinyl or heat transfer the Silhouette CAMEO can cut these materials without using a mat. This allows the CAMEO to cut materials up to 10 feet in length. Do more with your CAMEO than any other cutter on the market!
Silhouette Design Store
The Silhouette Design Store is a marketplace of ready-made shapes for use with your Silhouette. There you will find over 100,000 downloadable designs from dozens of talented artists. Once you’ve purchased a design it is yours to keep and use as much as you want. 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.
Silhouette Studio software
Silhouette Studio software is the most robust and powerful design software for any cutting system on the market. This innovative software is highlighted with features normally found in high-end illustrating software, yet is amazingly simple, easy to use, and absolutely free to Silhouette users. Silhouette Studio gives you countless ways to customize your project.
Have Corel Draw or Adobe Illustrator? For the lost price we have you covered with a Plug-in that allows you to design and cut directly from these programs using Silhouette Connect.
PixScan technology is a new feature in the Silhouette cutting system that allows makers to cut precisely around a printed design or to position cut lines in a specific location on your material using a scanner or camera. You can even use your smartphone or tablet. The PixScan algorithm allows the Silhouette CAMEO to recognize specially placed registration marks on the PixScan cutting mat. PixScan is ideal for saving any scanned or photographed image into your personal digital library or turning a hand-drawn sketch into a new custom cut file.
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-Called to report issue and was placed on hold for an hour. Then the call was ended by Silhouette (they hung up).
-Called to report the issue and managed to speak to a human being. I requested a new machine based on the fact that I am very experienced with Silhouette software and firmware, but could find no solution to the problem and suspected it may be a wiring issue.
-She "reassured" me that she could fix it and asked me questions over a thirty minute period. She then suggested I "take it back for a refund", which is outrageous because EVERY Silhouette retailer has a "no open box" return policy. The fact that I had to notify her of that makes me wonder how many people have wasted time trying to return their items.
-I confirmed my firmware and software were up to date. She suggested I use the Silhouette design program to "check for updates" using the feature on the toolbar. When I tried to do so, it said no updates could be found. She "reassured" me that there were probably updates and that I wouldn't be able to search for them through the program because there was a huge glitch in that feature. Then why have me do it?
-When I asked if any recent updates were having problems, she admitted that an update in January had caused "a ton of bugs". Not what any customer wants to hear.
-After telling me that a replacement machine would be the most likely route after checking my firmware and software options, she had me re-install them both, but not before she promptly ended the call stating that she needed to stop for the day because her "shift ended in a couple hours". Well, how about the hours I wasted on the phone? By this time, the count was well into four hours.
-I answered all her questions, ran all the system checks she asked for, updated/re-installed all the firmware and software, and took pictures of all the error screens she asked for, with the understanding she would call me back the next day. She didn't.
-I waited on hold another hour the next day until Silhouette hung up on me.
-I emailed support, asking for an immediate replacement for my machine that was TWO WEEKS OLD and included all the information and pictures I had previously sent to the first rep.
-I received an email back stating that in order to even be considered for a product replacement, I would now have to send in video of the malfunctions to "prove" my machine was doing what I claimed.
I can't deal with this anymore. It's outrageous that I spent close to $300.00 for two weeks of ownership, half of which was full of frustration and malfunction. My business revolves around my need for a precision cutter, and I've lost out on a ton of sales because of this disaster of a machine. Not to mention the time and supplies I've wasted having to "prove" my machine is really malfunctioning. My first call was in early February and this has still not been resolved. My guess is their waiting for me to go away.
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I have the original silhouette cameo and I've had it since 2012 or 2013. I use it quite a bit, and I'm very familiar with the software. Also, I do not read instructions. My cameo 3 came with one, I think, but it didn't get opened. So take all of that into consideration.
1. auto-blade saves a bit of time and, with my brief experience cutting both glitter paper and card stock, the autoblade settings were accurate.
2. Bluetooth is nice for minimizing cords.
3. Built in storage is nice enough. It doesn't add much to the overall size (and this version is quite a bit larger than the cameo and cameo 2), so it's good they were thoughtful about how to utilize the added size.
4. Cord management built into the machine to direct the plug to either side .
5. Touchscreen menu seems fairly responsive and intuitive.
6. New blade holder. They've switched the old clamp/key turny method of holding the blade (or pen) with a slide mechanism that is SO NICE. I did not expect this to be such a great addition, nor did I realize how fussy and inconvenient the old design really was. This feature is lovely and well thought out.
7. Dual carriage. Ok, I haven't put this through its paces quite yet. I tend to do a lot of straight cutting basic card stock, so I don't often switch to pens, fabric blades, deep cut blades, etc. However, this feature is really well designed and intuitive. It's color coded and laid out very clearly in the software, so you have a lot of control over the settings. I'm working on some designs that will use both cutting and sketching, so I think the dual carriage will be a great help when I do find I need it. That said, it's important to keep in mind the sides don't work at the same time - they're attached and move together. So, one side will cut and then, when it's finished the other side will write. You won't be able to save time by running two tasks silmultaneously.
1. Autoblade isn't really all that "auto". I expected to stick material in the mat and go. Nope. You still select the material from the preloaded list in the silhouette software, and the blade just "auto" adjusts to those settings. It saves a bit of time, but not as much as expected and not quite as wonderful as hyped. There's absolutely no sensing or measuring of what's on the mat; you have to select and change the material settings manually.
2. My Bluetooth was a royal PITA to set up, but I think this may be an ongoing Mac issue with a failure to discover Bluetooth devices and not an issue with the cameo specifically. Turning the Bluetooth on on the cameo end was easy. However, there is an update needed to pair the silhouette software with the new cameo 3, but when you "check for updates" through the software itself, it's not an option. You have to go to the website and look for it, which seems like an oversight they can quickly fix. When there's an update available, I expect the software to at least be able to find it. Fortunately, after the initial set up issues, I haven't had any problems.
3. The touchscreen menu has speakers so you hear a click when you touch a button. This would be awesome, except mine didn't even last two hours. The sound is gone. There's a menu option to turn it off and on, but that doesn't fix the problem. I also tried shutting the machine off and on, but that also didn't fix the issue. While sound was nice, its not worth it for me to return because of this issue. However, I question the quality when a simple feature like speakers or sound breaks almost immediately. Hopefully it's a quirk not representative of the overall quality, but I'm wary.
4. Did it get louder? It definitely didn't get quieter. These things are ungodly loud. You won't be watching tv and cutting things at the same time.
So, is it worth buying? I would say yes, absolutely. Silhouette machines are useful and fun without a steep learning curve. They do what they're intended to do and their software is light years behind competitors. Seriously, the silhouette software was THE deciding factor for me when comparing brands. I've used 3 or 4 different softwares and silhouette is my favorite. It works. It's easy to use. It lets you do what you want, when you want. Although, worth noting, it doesn't let you save SVG files - you can open, alter, and cut SVG files with the designer software upgrade, but anything you save is saved as a .studio file. There are work arounds, but just something to be aware of if you plan to share custom designs with people who use different brand machines.
So, is it worth upgrading? Maybe. Once I got everything set up, I enjoyed using it more than the old, original cameo. The features they've added are nice, even when they're maybe not QUITE as nice or as useful as I would've hoped. The autoblade, Bluetooth, dual carriages, touch screen, new holder clamps, etc, are all features that make it faster and more enjoyable to use, but I wouldn't say they're necessarily nice enough or different enough to justify the price tag, unless money is no object or your work or workspace demands it. If you're currently not able to keep your machine out, for example, because it needs to be within a couple feet of your computer, then perhaps the Bluetooth capability alone would be enough to justify the purchase.
In summary, it's a nice machine and pleasant to use, once everything is set up. The new features are very welcome, but not really as revolutionary as they might seem. I would say, though, the cameo 3 is nicer to use than the original cameo. It's a little bit easier and a little bit quicker. If you use the machine often enough, those improvements may be worth the $250 price tag if you're upgrading or contemplating new vs used older version. However, I don't think any of the features are nice enough or big enough game changers that someone should feel they have to upgrade. At its heart, the cameo hasn't changed much since inception. And, lastly, I'm a small bit wary of the quality and longevity of the cameo 3, given the immediate speaker/sound issues. I'm afraid it may be indicative of larger quality control issues.
I'll update if/when my opinions change.
Update: I've been using it for 2 or 3 weeks, and I continue to have random Bluetooth issues. My computer says it's connected, silhoettes own software says its connected, but still sometimes cut jobs sit in limbo, cued but doing nothing. Clearing it and resending it does nothing. Turning off the machine and closing the software sometimes resolves the issue and then it works totally fine. I don't think this is a mac issue as other times it's totally fine, and it always shows as a connected device. It seems to be a problem with communicating with the machine. If you plan to buy this specifically for bluetooth, perhaps consider waiting until these issues are resolved. Or just don't expect it to work every single time.