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- The Curio is taking giant leaps forward with its new features; Along with the new stippling and etching functions, Silhouette is proud to introduce three types of embossing methods-Path Emboss, Score & Emboss, and Print & Emboss
- With Curio, you can now cut thicker material. When used with Silhouette's new deep-cut blade, you can cut up to 2mm thick materials; The Curio boasts a 5mm clearance, which allows you to feed thicker materials through the machine
- It's all driven by powerful Silhouette Studio software and the Silhouette Design Store. The Curio is the only machine that can unlock the embossing, stippling, and etching, and dual carriage options that will now be available in Silhouette Studio
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Includes: Curio, 8.5 in x 6 in base, cutting mat, & embossing mat, embossing tips (fine & wide), AC adapter, USB cord, Software CD.
From the manufacturer
The Silhouette Curio hobby machine is the perfect complement to Silhouette's other cutting tools, the Silhouette Portrait and Silhouette CAMEO. Simply connect the Curio to your PC or Mac with the included USB cable and use the included software, Silhouette Studio, to design your project. Then send your project to the Curio to put your signature style on countless DIY projects. Curio is the perfect machine for DIYers that love to diversify their creativity. With Curio you can:
- Create beautifully etched metal (stippling/ etching tool sold separately).
- Embellish foils and metals with unique stipple patterns (stippling/etching tool sold separately).
- Sketch intricate, multi-color designs.
- Create one-of-a-kind stippled ink projects (sketch pens and felt tip pens sold separately).
- Cut custom designs out of paper, card stock, vellum, vinyl, fabric, stencil material and more.
- Cut or sketch fonts already installed on your computer.
- Add embossing or debossing textures to soft papers, vellum and other delicate materials.
- Use unique materials as project surfaces such as woods, canvas, metals, and more.
- Register and cut printed materials (Print & Cut feature).
Curio is driven by powerful Silhouette Studio software as well as the Silhouette Design Store, a marketplace of over 70,000 ready-made designs available for purchase. Find the perfect design, resize and customize the design for your project, or design your own from scratch using hundreds of design tools in the powerful Silhouette Studio software. The Curio is the only machine that can unlock the stippling, etching, debossing, embossing and dual carriage features in Silhouette Studio design software.
Say it with a sketch
Create stunning multicolor sketch art with the Curio's conventional dual carriage.
Lots of dots
The Curio's unique stippling feature lets you create amazing dot patterns that transform into unforgettable art. Create stippled ink projects with Silhouette felt tip pens or even stipple foils and metals.
Make an impression
Use the Curio's embossing tools to give an elegant faux-letterpress effect to cards, invites, business cards and more.
The Curio's deep cut blade allows for your deepest cuts yet. It's sintered tungsten alloy is composed of super fine powder for extra durability.
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The Curio is very similar to the Cameo, with two main differences:
1) on the Cameo, Y axis motion is obtained by feeding the material through rollers, either by itself (vinyl) or attached to a sticky mat (paper, fabric). On the Curio, the material is held on a plastic tray. The Curio's tray allows it to handle much thicker materials and backing surfaces, so it can do things the Cameo cannot: emboss and stipple.
2) The Curio has a twin tool carriage like the new Cricut Explore.
The Silhouette app (version 3.4 and up) automatically recognizes the Curio and offers the twin tool selection, so you could for instance write and cut without needing to change tools.
First thing I did was try stippling out of the box, without reading the manual. It's Silhouette, it's simple, right? So I did, and the Curio was busy making loud noises for a while, and my material came out without any stippling. I read the manual, nothing. Looked on Silhouette's web site, nothing.
After some googling I found out that the material should be at a 5mm height on the tray. The machine comes with several spacer pads marked with a 1 or a 2, and when you setup your material you need to make sure all the numbers add up to 5. This is clearly described in the software, unfortunately it's buried in the Cut Settings panel (Cut Conditions, Advanced, select a layer displays the desired mat configuration, see attached picture). This is trivial once you know it, but I suspect it's at the source of many frustrations with this machine.
The Curio ships with the small base tray (8.5" x 6"), a cutting blade, and wide and narrow embossing tools. Notably missing are the stippling tool, the deep cut tool, a shame since stippling and deep cuts are one of this machine's big selling points. Silhouette also sells a large tray for material up to 12" x 8.5".
There are three buttons on the right hand side, next to the power and USB connectors: pause, load and on/off. To load the tray, you insert it up to a mark and press the load button, and the tray will automatically be put in position. When you're done, press the load button again to release the tray so you can take it out of the Curio.
There are four tool holders inside the machine (two on each side) and the tray features a convenient blade adjustment hole in its bottom left corner, a clever addition.
The biggest question is, of course, should you buy the Curio or the Cameo? Or should you buy both?
It all boils down to whether you can live with the 12" x 8.5" size limitation (which requires the purchase of the optional large tray). The Cameo can cut up to 12" x 120" so if you want to do banners or large vinyl decals the Curio is out. Otherwise, the new Curio features such as stippling, embossing and deep cuts are compelling and make it the obvious choice. There's too much functionality overlap to justify owning both, in my opinion.
Is it a worthy upgrade if you already own the Cameo? There is virtually no learning curve for the software; however the hardware is significantly different and it can be very frustrating to learn coming from the Cameo (just look at all the bad reviews!) -- but it's well worth doing a little research, it's actually quite simple. I think Silhouette's biggest mistake was to not include a "Curio explained to Cameo users" pamphlet in the box.
It makes sense to switch from a Cameo to a Curio if:
- You never cut anything larger than 12" x 8.5"
- You often do projects requiring two passes and a tool change (cut and score, draw and cut...)
- You like the new features: stippling, embossing, deep cut
- You want to use material too thick to feed through the Cameo
All your Cameo tools are compatible with the Curio.
Note that Silhouette has announced a new mobile app for fall 2015 (iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle) capable of sending jobs wirelessly to Silhouette Desktop.
While it may have launched a little too early (accessories and tools were not available and the documentation is not up to Silhouette's habitual high quality standards) the Curio sets the new reference for home crafting machines. Very highly recommended.