The Silhouette Curio™ is more than a cutter and is the perfect complement to the Silhouette Portrait® and Cameo®. It connects to your computer via a simple USB cable and has the ability to cut, sketch, stipple, embellish, emboss, deboss and etch materials. The included software* enables you to cut fonts, design shapes of your own or download designs from the Silhouette online store.
*You can download the basic Silhouette Studio® software for free by clicking here. We recommend doing this before purchasing the cutter to familiarise yourself with the image design and set-up process and check that you are happy with what is involved.
- Cut custom designs out of paper, card stock, vellum, vinyl, fabric, stencil material and more
- Sketch intricate, multi-color designs
- Print and cut - optical eye scans and reads registration marks printed with your design
- Add embossing or debossing textures to soft papers, vellum and other materials
- Embellish foils and metals with unique stipple patterns (stippling & etching tool sold separately)
- Create beautifully etched metal (stippling & etching tool sold separately)
- Create one-of-a-kind stippled ink projects
- Use unique materials as project surfaces such as woods, canvas, metals, and more
- Includes Silhouette Studio PC and Mac® compatible software:
Compatible with Windows Vista and higher, Mac® OS X 10.6.8 and higher
- Design tools to create and cut your own shapes and designs
- Cuts fonts already installed on your computer - perfect for vinyl
- Silhouette Studio® library for organising and store designs
- Import your own designs and set them up for print and cut
- Uses a proprietary .STUDIO file format consisting of vector art for line and colour fills
- Open the following vector file formats in a 'ready to cut' format - GSD/GST (ROBO Master program files), DXF
- Import other vector and raster file formats for the purpose of tracing to create cut lines - JPG, BMP, PNG5, GIF, WMF
- Optional software upgrade available separately:
- Ability to open, manipulate and cut .svg files
- Additional rhinestone tools, sketch tools, creative knife, enhanced eraser, built in ruler and guides
- Silhouette Curio™
- USB Cable, power cable with UK 3-pin plug
- 8.5 in. x 6 in. base (includes four platforms)
- 8.5 in. x 6 in. cutting mat
- 8.5 in. x 6 in. embossing mat
- Cutting blade
- Fine embossing tool
- Wide embossing tool
- Patented carrier sheet for die cutting paper and card
- 50 exclusive free digital designs
- Silhouette Studio® Software
What materials can the Curio™ etch?
You can have a go at etching anything as long as it is thin enough to get in the machine e.g. spoons, dog tags, bits of aluminium and copper. However, the Premium Etching Tool is recommended if you plan on etching non-Silhouette materials as it is much stronger than the Silhouette Etching & Stippling Tool.
What materials can the Silhouette Curio™ cut?
The Silhouette is designed to cut a variety of materials including vinyl, paper, specialty patterned papers, cardstock, vellum, iron-on heat transfer material, fabric (when using Silhouette Interfacing products) and sticker paper. It will also cut a variety of other specialty materials. The Silhouette has a cutting force of 210gf and includes a blade that can extend to approximately 1mm in depth when using the standard blade, or up to 2 mm in depth when using the Deep Cut Blade to accommodate thicker material types.
However, there is still a limitation depending on the material type's density and make up. Certain materials that are overly dense (such as thin metals, acrylic or acetate, for example) may not be able to be cut well or at all and can impair the blade. On dense materials such as mylar, doflex and plasticard you are limited to around 120 micron with the Silhouette machines due to the density of the material – any thicker than this and the blade will not be able to completely penetrate the media. Certain materials that have abrasive natures (such as thicker chipboard or sandpaper) may also impair the blade or dull it very quickly. On the other side of the spectrum, certain fibrous materials (such as select felt materials or handmade papers) may not be held together densely enough for successful cutting.
Testing can be performed on special material types to find whether or not they can be cut successfully by using the Test Cut feature.
Online Set-Up Guide: http://www.silhouetteamerica.com/setup/en/curio
Does the embossing feature work on non-Silhouette materials such as standard paper or card?
You don't have to use Silhouette brand paper or card but you do need to use the right kind of card. Normal or typical craft card isn’t soft/squashy enough so the effect will not be very pronounced with your typical craft card. For best results you should use a fairly thick but soft card that has a degree of squishiness - this isn't the usual card that you would find in most craft shops.
Does the etching feature work on non-Silhouette materials such as thin metals?
You can have a go at etching almost anything as long as it is thin enough to feed into the machine. We have tried all sorts of things including spoons, dog tags, bits of aluminium and copper. If you want to etch non-Silhouette materials then we would recommend trying the Premium Etching Tool.
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I bought this machine as I already have a Silhouette Cameo which I use a lot. The Curio does the same but also colours in, embosses and debosses. I have tried out these features and they are really good. The carrier mats are much easier to use than the Cameo, a more ergonomic design.
I may even try etching on metal in the future.