Silhouette Cameo 3 Review
everyone can hear with Ken’s creations and product reviews today I’m excited to bring you your first look at the new silhouette cameo 3 this little bit cameo 3 comes with some great features and benefits but how does it cut well in today’s video we’re going to take a look at what comes in the box those new features and benefits and of course how does the machine cut with materials please keep in mind in this video we are not going to focus on the new silhouette studio released because at time of filming it has not yet been release so we’re only focusing on the Machine and the features and benefits that come with it let’s first take a look at what comes in the box let’s take a look at what comes in the box when you open your silhouette cameo 3 you’ll notice there’s no manual or set-up guide you can find these at silhouette America calm or I’ve given you the links down below in the description so what does come in the box well of course you’re going to get the silhouette cameo 3 cutting tool a power cord USB cord a brand-new shiny mat the auto blade and a cross cut blade silhouette has also given us a new handy tool that allows us to get to our Bluetooth adjust our blade and unscrew the blade cap for cleaning the solut cameo 3 also comes with the basic edition of silhouette studio 103 designs and one month free to the silhouette online store the silhouette cameo 3 has all of the same capabilities as the previous version along with some added features this cameo features a dual carriage so you can use 2 tools at once the cameo 3 features a push technology instead of a twist technology when using your tools the great news is all of your previous accessories can be used with the cameo 3 including blades sketch pens the new deep cut blade and even some curio tools the cameo 3 is the only machine compatible with silhouettes new auto blade anybody up there like storage well this little cameo 3 is for you we have a pull-out compartment along the bottom of the machine off to the left we have an area to store our blades and we even have sketch pen storage along the top of the machine the cameo 3 also features extenders built in to the bottom storage compartment this allows for extra support of longer material built into the machine are some pretty useful tools including a manual adjustment for blades and easy to use release lever for adjusting your rollers the rollers are built out of a nice stainless steel and the roller head now features a lock and unlock position and of course a hit from the silhouette cameo to the cross cut blade in the back of the machine compared to previous models the silhouette cameo 3 is much larger and will take up more desk space in fact it comes in at 9 pounds and is 2 inches longer than the silhouette cameo 2 as I mentioned earlier in the video the silhouette cameo 3 does not come with a set-up guide rather a sticker on the front instructing you to go to silhouette america.com slash setup here you will register your machine check the box and contents of your cameo 3 download and install the silhouette Studio software access the free library shapes for your silhouette cameo three claim your one month free silhouette design store subscription check and update your firmware and set up your Bluetooth on your silhouette cameo three following the setup guide is a little confusing as it appears to be designed for the silhouette studio for release because of this I was not able to get my hundred free designs even following the specialty instructions did not unlock the hundred free designs which is a little bit disappointing we’re now able to plug in our USB cable into the machine and start the firmware update sometimes a firmware update is required for your machine to work properly this process can take a long time so make sure your sleep mode is either turned off or to the highest minutes so you do not interrupt the firmware update in order to do a firmware update you will need to download the latest firmware from silhouette America once you start the firmware update you’ll follow the on-screen instructions this will require you to unplug and plug your machine back in and allow the firmware update to be sent to the silhouette cameo 3 you will note that the firmware update is in progress by the changing color on the display touchscreen once the firmware is updated you will be able to finish the setup process on the screen set your language turn on help icons and view tutorials to help you get started with your brand new silhouette cameo 3 this would complete the setup and now we can take a look at our menu options including sleep mode themes tutorials and Bluetooth setup one of the great features of the silhouette cameo 3 is the ability to use Bluetooth and cut cord free your machine is either bluetooth ready or Bluetooth enabled once it turn on Bluetooth I should be able to cut without using any cords however this was a very frustrating and experience and no matter what I did no matter the instructions I followed I could never get my Bluetooth to properly connect to my Silhouette studio which is a big disappointment as this was one of the most exciting features for me however the review must go on so let’s go ahead and start with some cutting tests to see how the silhouette cameo 3 performs for these first few tests we’re going to be using the auto Blade the auto blade must go in the left side of the dual carriage which is also considered the red side in order to use the auto blade you must pick your material type and then tell the software to use the auto blade once you send to silhouette the auto blade adjusts for the material on the left side of the machine by tapping the first cut test is basic shapes and intricate designs we have each setting of 5 on our blade now keep in mind the auto blade does not choose the settings for you all the auto blade does is adjust to those settings that you picked in the silhouette Studio software let’s take a look at the results of our basic shapes and intricate designs now let’s use the dual carriage for this test we’ll be using sketch pens and the auto blade the auto blade must go on the left-hand side which is the red side so our sketch blades will go on the blue side right now the easiest way to use the dual carriage is by cutting by line type this might be updated in the new silhouette studio 4 but for now this is the easiest way let’s take a look how the silhouette cameo 3 handled sketching and cutting in the same pass now let’s test the print then cut print a nd cut on silhouette cameo 3 is just like any previous Edition you’d bring your designs in trace them and then print them on your home printer and then cut on the silhouette cameo 3 one of the great features of silhouette printing cut is the ability to use the entire 12 by 12 mat for prints and cut and the high resolution you get when using the software let’s take a peek at our print and cut results you are also able to use you pick scan technology this technology allows you to cut around stamps and even cut out certain shapes and pattern paper for this test I have three stamps including one sentiment with an offset and three pieces of pattern paper let’s take a look at how well the silhouette cameo 3 handled the pic scan technology how did the Cameo 3 cut thicker materials well let’s take a look for the tests I did use a deep cut blade at a 20 setting the Scylla Cameo 3 does give us an extra 2 millimeters for thick materials however it still has the same cutting force of 210 as featured in the previous models this to me was a little bit of a disappointment but let’s see how it does first up is fun foam for a fun foam we did have to cut it twice for it to work next is adhesive magnet material on this test we did cut it twice and it did not cut all the way through so leaving it in the same position we cut it another two times and it did cut through the magnet material I’ll seen with our printable magnet sheets our acetate sheets seem to have the same results even with the deep cut blade at a twenty setting two cuts just didn’t cut it so we went another two passes and then the cameo three was able to cut through the acetate sheet and now that brings me to my favorite test shrinky dink material I don’t know why this stuff is so strong but it is and the silhouette cameo 3 could not cut through it even with the deep cut blade set at 20 and going over the material four times shrinky dink material is smooth on one side and fibrous on the other maybe if we flip it over the silhouette cameo 3 might be able to cut through it no matter what I tried I could not get the silhouette cameo 3 to cut through shrinky dink material so is the silhouette cameo 3 any quieter let’s take a listen well there’s my first look at the silhouette cameo 3 I know many of you watching are trying to decide between different cutting machines or if you should upgrade your current machine well let’s review the good the bad and what were they thinking once again keep in mind at time of filming silhouette had not released silhouette studio for which could drastically change this review first and foremost if you are a silhouette fan and currently have the original or the second version I would highly recommend upgrading to the silhouette cameo 3 learning from other machine and user reviews let’s cover the good stuff the machine comes with dual carriage bluetooth extra storage touchscreen display with sound ability to use 12 by 12 print then cut pic scan technology and a 2 millimeter clearance to cut thicker materials which actually brings me to my bad stuff in what were they thinking even though silhouette designed this machine with an extra 2 millimeters in clearance they did not increase the cutting force of the machine the silhouette 3 still delivers only 210 grams of cutting force which is the same force for the previous machines silhouette does offer a deep cut blade for an additional purchase but even with this the machine will not be able to handle things like leather balsa wood or shrinky dinks and even up to today I have not been able to get the Bluetooth technology to work as with their software the silhouette cameo is not user friendly and users will first encounter this when they try to set up the Bluetooth technology I was disappointed in the auto Blade I assumed it would be auto detect my material and make adjustments based on that when in reality the user still has to input all of the cut settings and the auto blade just adjusts to these settings not the material silhouette also did not address the sound of the machine as it is just as noisy as the previous two models plus keep in mind in order to use your SVG’s and other features you’ll be required to update – the designer edition of the software which is a cost of $49.99 at the silhouette website now I did reach out to silhouette America with questions however at time of filming I have not heard back from them hopefully many of these issues will be addressed and fixed with the silhouette studio for release for more information on the sulla cameo 3 and the differences in software check out my blog also are you curious on the new release of silhouette studio 4 do you want to see the silhouette cameo 3 compared with other popular cutting machines if you answered yes make sure to subscribe to me on youtube and follow me on all my social media sites you’re currently shopping for a cutting machine check out these 3 machine reviews also do you know you can support Ken’s creations just by shopping that’s right down below I’d given you all the shopping links to the products used in this video by using these links I received a small commission and thank you so much for that don’t need to buy anything right now you can also support me on patreon for as little as a dollar while you earn rewards each month make sure to check that out well hopefully this video helped you with your buying choice no matter what machine you have in your craft room I hope you enjoy every moment creating something magical thanks for watching
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