What is a Silhouette?
“Silhouette” refers to the brand name of several different models of machine. Most often when you hear the word “Silhouette” the person is referring to the Cameo, which is a digital cutter. The current model is the Cameo 3. It can cut materials up to 12″ wide and 10 feet long. A smaller version of the cutter is the Portrait, which has the ability to cut up to 8″ wide and up to 10 feet long. Silhouette makes two other machines – the Curio and the Mint. The Curio stipples, etches, debosses, and embosses, in addition to cutting. The Silhouette Mint is a custom stamp maker that utilizes thermal printing technology. Once inked, it can be used more than 50 times before re-inking.
What is a digital (electronic) cutter?
An electronic cutter works similarly to a home printer. Rather than printing, however, it uses a small blade to cut paper, cardstock, vinyl, etc.
What can the Silhouette cut?
The Silhouette Cameo, Portrait, or Curio can cut over 100 different types of materials including:
- specialty patterned papers
- iron-on heat transfer material
- sticker paper
- wax paper/freezer paper
- and a variety of other specialty materials
I own a Cameo, but I don’t know if it’s a 1, 2, or 3.
The Cameo 1 has a monochrome LCD display, push-button controls, and accepts an SD card.
The Cameo 2 features a full-color LCD touchscreen and accepts a USB flash drive.
The Cameo 3 features a full-color LCD touchscreen and a dual-blade carriage. When the cover is closed, all controls are hidden.