Silhouette’s flagship Cameo series has secured a strong following among Makers, papercrafters, and fab labs since it first launched in 2011. The current version cuts dependably and is easy to use, while adding nice features like touchscreen, automatic trimming capability, and an optional roll feeder that allows (much) longer prints.
Not for Crafters Only
Many craft cutter brands target scrapbook, letterpress, and home-craft customers. While the Silhouette Store does have a large and diverse premade design catalog, their Designer Edition software upgrade also allows operators to run their own designs — and their own wild ideas — earning a Maker-friendly reputation thanks to impressive projects by community members, from PCB etching to custom origami.
Although the Cameo hasn’t changed fundamentally since it first appeared, the 2014 update introduced a number of helpful new features. A large digital touchscreen replaced a set of hardware buttons, making it far easier to cut jobs and align complex projects while untethered. A handy parts compartment stores spare blades (which you should stock up on, as they are proprietary and wear out quickly), and firmware updates added new UI features.
Stay In Line
At the back of the Cameo, a slot for a crosscutting tool allows rolls of vinyl to be trimmed straight across (best suited for use with the vinyl roller add-on). Inside the machine itself, steel spring rollers maintain accurate feeds, and alignment marks help with matted and non-matted feeding.
Scrapbookers will love the preprinted 12″×12″ standard-size loose sheet sets. The size opens up the printer to 12″ rolls of vinyl, A3 and A4 papers, and grants even more territory for 3D Pepakura and kirigami paper craft projects.
For everything from cute greeting cards to sophisticated PCB etching and beyond, the Cameo is full of features that will make getting started easy, but keep experts coming back.