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Signmaster Cut v3.5 estimated time of plotting option

Is there a way for me to know the estimate of how many minutes/hrs does plotting do when I feed a paper? like at least I will not eyeball the the timer for me

If there is, I would like to know how or where will I see it in my Signmaster cut 3.5v application?
Also, if thats not your app, what app does have that option?

0 Comments
2024/04/19
00:51 UTC

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New silhouette user in need of some help

Apologies for photo quality I am posting on mobile.

So I am trying to cut out some stickers and have already placed my design on the cutting mat for the machine, working on placing the file on the software for cutting (image is size of a4 paper so just have to line it up with the mat digitally I assume). I am unable to find any sort of option that will allow me to move or otherwise reduce the opacity of the default page which is making it difficult to line up the page so I can cut it correctly.

All options I've found so far just change the colour of the page or add a grid to it that doesn't line up with the mat. Is there a solution for this?

Model is portrait 3 and I have access to the basic level software.

3 Comments
2024/04/18
07:53 UTC

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Curio 2 Thoughts / Questions

I started the journey needing to cut some vinyl for a sign - and quickly realized while I can cut it on my laser, there are a fair number of limitations in materials, heat issues etc. Remembering an old Cricut explore in the garage, I dug it out and realized I should probably upgrade.

A day of obsessive reading, and here I am, strongly considering the Curio 2. My primary use is cutting stickers and paint masking, potentially using the print-and-cut function but I can register by hand if needed.

For that basic work, a Cameo 4/5 or the Curio 2 will work. However, here is why I am leaning to the curio.

  1. I am fine with the 12x12 bed size
  2. I do not mind the speed vs the Cameo
  3. I am interested in the ability to do foils
  4. I am interested in using it for LIGHT engraving
  5. I am interested in using pens
  6. I really like the increased material options, particularly delicate or thick material (cutting in place of book pages, foiling book covers etc.)
  7. As someone who works with larger CNC machines, this formfactor makes a lot of sense to me

My understanding of the limitations are:

  1. Some tools aren't available (I can't find an OEM pen holder, the heat tool isn't even listed in the OEM website etc)
  2. It appears the software is buggy? This subreddit mentions accuracy issues (things out of round, mis-registered, emboss issues)

While the Cameo 5 was a jump up from any Cricut (though I still need to evaluate the Maker 3) the Curio 2 seems like a whole new set of capabilities I am very excited for - unless it is a dog.

2 Comments
2024/04/17
07:26 UTC

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4/20 gifts for my siblings (their favorite strains)

Blueberry Muffin and Gorilla O.G.

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2024/04/16
18:55 UTC

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Getting a Portrait 3 from a family member and was wondering can it score and sketch?

I’m getting new in box the portrait 3 from a family member who got two by accident. She’s giving it to me when we depart from vacation, but I was wondering as for my music hobby I wanted to make custom cards for when I send out inclusions in the albums that I don’t want and eventually when I practice enough, start selling sets. But one style I wanted to do was like drawing, kinda make it handdrawn can I do that on there cause I also want to make envelopes as well. Thanks in advance.

10 Comments
2024/04/16
16:13 UTC

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Heat Foiling

I haven't ordered the foiling tools yet for my Portrait 4. I was wondering if anyone who has them thinks they would work on smooth cotton that is on a journal cover. I am binding the journal myself, so the fabric would be put in the machine before being applied to the chipboard.

0 Comments
2024/04/16
13:01 UTC

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My machine is broken

i just got a cameo 5 on friday,now i noticed one of the rollers broken, i just sent an email to the technical department of the shop where i bought from, but since its closed at this time of day , i will only get an answer tomorrow, how do i proceed?

https://preview.redd.it/6hficoj76puc1.jpg?width=1080&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=e9547ec5511f2c4c0116c6394fffa5bd3d6e74d3

4 Comments
2024/04/15
19:46 UTC

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Seeking a Helping Hand: Looking for a Spare Silhouette Cameo

I'm reaching out to this community in search of a little help. I've been on the verge of taking my crafting game to the next level with a Silhouette Cameo, but every time I get close, life throws a curveball, like unexpected bills that need handling.

I've been trying to save up, exploring options like negotiating on Facebook Marketplace, but sadly, didn’t workout. However, that hasn't stopped me from pursuing my passion. I've started a small eBay business where I sell diorama cubes, and thankfully, I've had a few sales, which is a positive step forward.

If there's anyone out there who has a spare Silhouette Cameo and is willing to donate one, it would mean the world to me. In return, I'd love to express my gratitude by sending out some of my diorama cubes as a thank you for your generosity.

Having a Silhouette Cameo would not only enhance my creativity but also save me from the physical strain of spending hours seated and cutting, which often leaves me with a sore back and neck.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I look forward to any responses or suggestions.

0 Comments
2024/04/15
16:34 UTC

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Calibration is worthless

I did fine with the + sign calibration. It cut each + symbol and it was on the very right edge of the line. Close enough, all good. When I went to do the measurement calibration it was 1mm short north and south. I adjusted it as much as 4mm each way and it never changed the smallest amount. This fucking thing is the Kmart of cutters. I swear to god I’m going to throw it out the window of a moving vehicle.

9 Comments
2024/04/14
18:48 UTC

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Portrait 4

Does anyone know where to get a light hold mat for the Portrait 4? I was really hoping the ES mat would come out soon, but who knows. I only see regular hold mats for sale.

10 Comments
2024/04/14
18:02 UTC

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Is silhouette a good option for cutting stencils?

Hello!

I’d like to buy a cutter to cut vinyl stencils for another hobby of mine. I was leaning toward silhouette, but a comment I saw on another article made me wonder if it might not work for my use case. It said to reorient the blade it must go to scrap or cut in a loop in scrap. Since the remaining part is actually what I care about, not the shapes that are cut out, it’s important to me that there aren’t extra cuts when turning the blade.

4 Comments
2024/04/14
02:19 UTC

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Two problems

Hi there,

My mom has two problems with her silhouette cameo 4 plus plotter and im here to be a good son and help her.

First problem she has is that her plotter is cutting the calibration crosses way to big.

The second problem has something to do that i created for her in cad software. Its a simple box with a 100x100 mm diameter but as soon as we put that file into Silhouetten studio the boxes size increases to about 125x125 mm.

Any advice is appreciated.

5 Comments
2024/04/12
16:21 UTC

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New Facebook Community for Crafters!

Hi there! I've just launched a new Facebook group that's all about the Crafter's Community. I know there are plenty of similar groups out there, but I'm hoping to create a better one that's focused on encouraging members to share their crafting tips, ideas, and projects in a friendly and supportive environment. keeping things creative, and fun.

Would love to have anyone interested join ^_^

Thank you, and sorry if this is not allowed!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/bestcraftingbuddies

0 Comments
2024/04/12
06:25 UTC

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Busted temp fix on unsticky mat

After I 'washed sticky mat with warm soapy water' like all recommended suggestions for an unsticky mat all of the adhesive melted off yo... LOL

desperate solution: double sided tape and blotting my old tshirt on it so it's not as sticky .. so far so good

https://preview.redd.it/z4xh2dt7aytc1.png?width=312&format=png&auto=webp&s=7bb73bd09deb7a7ffd0570db692694169599b600

https://preview.redd.it/vq4863zv9ytc1.jpg?width=3024&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=3de7208a703adfb25d0659855e2d54896013e47a

3 Comments
2024/04/12
01:22 UTC

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Stickers

I try and cut my stickers on my silhouette but it tears the transfer paper. Only a tiny bit around the cut. I’m unsure how to avoid this :/

3 Comments
2024/04/11
22:28 UTC

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Can the Cameo Pro cut Oilboard?

I work in Aerospace manufacturing and have need for custom stencils of various sizes and fonts many times a month. I already run a C02 laser, and multiple 3d printers in addition to the milling machines in the shop. I'm about 95% of the way to buying the Cameo 4 Pro on account of the other neat things I can use it for in addition to my part-marking needs, but I just have a few other questions.

Will the Cameo 4 Pro reliably cut this 24'' Oilboard to make my stencils?

Can I make my designs in Inkscape and import into the machine like I do with my lasers?

Will it run Gcode?

Thanks in advance. Looking forward to learning a new machine.

10 Comments
2024/04/11
22:10 UTC

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Help w/ new update!

Silhouette Go finally updated to a version where we can finally add our purchased font along with the many many many fonts already uploaded & ready to use! But it’s so hard to figure out how to use all the new tools! I literally have not found one single video, article, blog , or anything commenting about this new update! When you log in to your go app it gives an extremely brief explanation of the newly added things we can do now! Someone, anyone, help me please lol!

0 Comments
2024/04/11
04:40 UTC

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Please help!!

This only happens with large straight lines and just the horizontal lines not the verticals. This always happens when im cutting milk boxes or similar, other traces are cut perfectly and dont move plz help

110lb cover Blade depth : 7 4 passes 33 force Speed 7

1 Comment
2024/04/10
20:14 UTC

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My Joann's Fabrics had EVERY Silhouette product clearance and not re-stocked. (near San Francisco)

Spread through 4 clearance sections in the store, their section in the 'cutter isle with Sizer and Cricut, etc. which had the Silhouette section was turned into a clearance section with none of their products. A few isles over there were most of their remaining products as well as the claim/redeem slips for the main hardware. A few manual 1mm blades for $11 and other former bits of the brand section/products in at least 3 other end isle clearance sections. One endcap had a flag shelf with non clearance cutting mats that were not re-stocked and pretty bare. Sizer and Cricut were well stocked taking up most of both sides of an isle.

7 Comments
2024/04/10
18:22 UTC

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Is this a legit place to get a discount on an actually new cutter?

Trying not to promote someone or shill, im ready to pull the trigger and buy. Swing design has deals that almost seem too good to be true - are they legit? Ae they selling imports or something refurbed to be that low cost (eg 129 vs 195 for cameo 4)?

5 Comments
2024/04/10
17:06 UTC

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Silhouette Portrait 3 help

Good morning!

I don't want to sound too dumb because I'm pretty new to this world...

but the HTV I see at most stores is 12 x 24 and the machine only cuts 8in, correct? I had purchased some HTV in this size and was wondering if I could just cut it down to size and use it. Or if somewhere sells HTV in this size. thanks

8 Comments
2024/04/10
15:43 UTC

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Fine detail stencils - portrait or cameo 4?

Both are currently 199. I see a lot of complaints about the cameo 4 and auto blade or registration. I dont have cameo 5 money. Ill be cuting vinyl for miniatures and really hope to have crisp and clean cuts in the 5-6 mm size range. Is this possible? Other than the media size is there a compelling reason for me to go one way or the other?

12 Comments
2024/04/10
04:29 UTC

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Cameo 2 how do I use with a roll of 12” vinyl?

I just bought this, completely new to vinyl cutters but primarily bought this to cut out stickers from my printer. I’d like to use 12” vinyl rolls with it as well but confused about the all the matts. Do I need a roller feeder or will a kitchen roll holder work as well?

8 Comments
2024/04/10
00:38 UTC

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Where are good blade adapters for portrait 4

0 Comments
2024/04/09
09:17 UTC

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What is good sticker paper for silhouette portrait 4?

1 Comment
2024/04/09
09:16 UTC

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Cameo Pro not cutting curved lines

I am trying to do a simple test cut of a B just to make sure everything is good before I waste a huge piece of vinyl. But my B looks like this (mirrored, bc it's on HTV) but still it is not even close to correct anyway. I'm a complete beginner at this (bought machine today) so I am probably just doing something very wrong, but this seems simple enough, so I am getting frustrated. It seems like the machine isn't cutting the curves at all?? I don't know if this kind of thing is a blade, design, or software issue.

I'm using the iPad app for convenience, but can use the windows software if it might be that. Purchased the machine today so everything is new Using some (cheap?) holographic HTV from Joann's (Park Lane) Google search says to use HTV, Metallic as the material setting, so that's what I used (could it be that?) Using Autoblade set to depth 3

I'm literally just trying to cut a capital B in Helvetica font as a test. It seems to cut the material, just, no curves? I'm so confused.

1 Comment
2024/04/09
07:25 UTC

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Cameo 5 autoblade always miss es lower right corner when cutting a particular sticker shape

As shown in photo (it's the back of a sticker). I have tried blade depth 10, force 26 and 5 passes still got the same result. I have also tried changing the orientation of the sheet so the designs rotated 90 degrees facing the machine. The new lower right corner (in relation to the machine position, now a different corner of the sticker) still could not get cut through. This has been happening consistently with this one design but not with the others. I'm using the autoblade so I'm wondering if it could be that the autoblade has trouble cutting when turning certain direction? I already ordered a ratchet blade and will give it a try, but in the meantime want to know if anyone has had similar problem? Thank you!

3 Comments
2024/04/09
04:29 UTC

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Dumb Question: Can you use a silhouette machine without an outlet?

Probably not, but can you power a silhouette machine with a portable charger?

3 Comments
2024/04/08
21:19 UTC

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Arial black?

Hello! I just received a new computer and it is running the latest windows 11. I am up to date with the silhouette software but for some reason, all my files that I used previously (version 3.7) that used the font Arial Black, will not show up in the latest version 4.7.7. I have tried even download the actual font and installing but nothing. Arial black is listed as a subfont of Arial in silhouette, but silhouette will not recognize my fonts using it and reverts it back to reg. Arial.

Any ideas? I have over 1,000 files 😬😫

1 Comment
2024/04/08
21:01 UTC

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