The Silhouette Cameo can be used to cut materials like paper, cardstock, vinyl, and can be used to sketch with the sketch pens. You could cut materials to design your graduation cap, sketch addresses on graduation envelopes, cut designs for bulletin boards or dorm room walls, there are so many possibilities!
To start, download the Silhouette Studio to your computer (https://www.silhouetteamerica.com/software)
Once you have downloaded and launched Silhouette Studio, select File>New.
In the far right sidebar menu, select the top icon, Page Setup.
In Page Size, select your pre-made page size (the most common are 8.5x11 or 12x12 inches), or you can custom select a size.
Note: If you are cutting anything intricate, it is recommended you use the Cameo cutting mat (12x12)
For your design you can either
Once you have created your design, select the Send Icon in the top right hand corner.
In Tool 1, select your material, and action cut, tool auto blade. It will automatically select the blade setting, speed, force, and number of passes. Before you select SEND, you must load your material.
In Tool 1, select your material, and action Sketch.
In Tool 2, select your material, and action Sketch.
In the left design area, select any elements you want to be sketched in your first color and then select Sketch Edge under Tool 1 (They should be outlined Red). Then select the remaining elements and select Sketch Edge under Tool 2 (They should be outlined Blue).
First plug in the Silhouette Cameo power cord into the machine and an outlet.
Turn on the Power Button on the far right side of the machine.
Open the cover and load your autoblade into the left slot (red circle) for Tool 1. Press all the way down and then push in the lock. You will see a teal circle.
Open the cover and load your sketchpen(s) in Tool 1 (and Tool 2 if you have a two-color design). Press the pen all the way down and then push in the lock. You will see a teal circle.
Turn the release lever inside to the right clockwise from North to East to lift up the loading bar.
Adjust the rollers to whichever size paper or mat you are using.
Lock the lever by turning counterclockwise from East to North.
Adhere your cutting material to the cutting mat. Note: If the mat is new, it will likely be too sticky. Untack it with a cotton cloth. If it is not sticky enough, you may need to purchase another mat.
Align your mat or paper to the teal line and arrows on the left and line up straight against roller bar.
Hold your mat or paper so that the roller bar will grip the paper and select LOAD on the touchscreen. It should roll and load a few centimeters.
Connect the USB cord from the machine to your computer.
If you are unfamiliar with the machine or cutting material, you can run a TEST, which should cut a small triangle and rectangle in the top left hand corner.
If you are ready to cut, select SEND. The Cameo and your computer should sync and send your design to be cut.
Select SEND to send your design to the machine to be sketched.
NOTE: You may want to gently guide the paper and mat back and forth so it does not get caught and create a paper jam.
WARNING: Immediately hit pause or power off the machine if the blade sputters or the paper jams. Turn the machine back on after a few seconds and unload.
Once your cut or sketch is complete, select UNLOAD from the touchscreen.
Gently remove your design from the mat by peeling from the top corner.
How to Use the Cameo Cutter:
The Cameo Cutter is a device that cuts thin materials—like paper and vinyl—into preset designs and patterns. Designs and patterns are created and used via the free software Silhouette Studio. This software is located on the computer in the Marston Library Makery. You can also download this free software onto your personal computer by going to: https://www.silhouetteamerica.com/software
This tutorial will show you how to
Additional information, learning guides, tools, and parts are available here: https://www.silhouetteamerica.com
Machine and cords needed:
Cameo Cutter Accessories:
Parts of the Machine:
For detailed instructions on using the Cameo Silhouette:
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