July 25, 2011

Silhouette Cameo {And Other Exciting Announcements}

You all know how much I love my Silhouette. I've had it for two years now. I seriously can't get enough. Since I purchased my Silhouette the company has released new products, new software, and has created thousands of new images. But this summer they are topping that all with the announcement of their latest and greatest machine. The Silhouette Cameo. It will have the capability of doing everything the Silhouette SD can do but the added bonus of 12" cutting width and cuts 10' long. Yes that's 10 whole feet! The awesome thing about it is that you can still adjust the rollers to 9" cutting width but when you want something 12" wide you easily can.

This new machine will be released in October (just in time for the holidays) for $299. You can watch an video about the announcement HERE, read more from Silhouette's web site HERE and HERE or read their latest post HERE.

From my searches I can't find any information on the actual cutting force of the machine but looking at Craft Robo's similar machine I'd guess it will be somewhere around 300 grams. 

When the Cameo is released you can also look forward to a new blade being released! The new blade will not have colored caps to interchange, but will have a ratchet that you turn on the end to set it to the cutting depth you want. The new blade will have greater cutting depths than the current blade so you won't have to double cut thicker products. For those of you who already own the Silhouette you'll be excited to know that the blades will be completely interchangeable between machines! Which means you can purchase this new system for your current machine.

In other news Silhouette is also releasing a Silhouette Designer software next month. (From the sounds of it, there will be a charge for this software.) It is meant for opening files from other cutting programs and that designers have made in other programs. I look forward to learning more about it.

As if that's not enough they also released Fabric Inks. This has a starter kit like their Rhinestone Starter Kit. Anyhow this will be so you can cut your stencils and "paint" fabric using their ink and stencil. It sounds similar to Silk Screen OR what I do with the Freezer Paper Stenciling but with a Stencil Vinyl instead. I am wondering if the stencils will be re-usable or not.

Isn't that box adorable. I'm tempted to buy the Starter Kit just for the box!

Wait, there's more! They also improved their mats. Yet again. Better mats, better adhesive, and apparently longer lasting. Look for them on their site. (It may seem the same to you, but you'll note that there is no longer a "thick" or "thin" mat, it's all the same now.)

Do you get excited about new Silhouette products too? Are you now planning to hold out for the new Silhouette Cameo, or are you going to bargain shop for the discounted SD's after the Cameo is released? Because I'm sure, like all technology that gets updated, the older version's price will go down significantly!


Liz said...

I'm glad they are updating and making new stuff, but I just bought a new mat! I wish I had waited a couple of weeks so I could get the newer ones. Argh.

Digisew said...

I got the SilhouetteSD in March this year, but i'm very excited about the Cameo,i love cutting Vinyl so the extra width and length will be brilliant