Please note: These accessories are designed to be used with the forerunner models of the Silhouette Cameo, namely the Craft Robo C 330 and the Craft Robo Silhouette SD, which are actually no longer available for purchase.
Materials without backing or smaller pieces of material that are too small to be taken up by the rollers must be placed on the slightly adhesive surface of a carrier sheet. These translucent PVC film sheets are printed with a grid and the registration marks necessary for the automatic sensor. These sheets are consumable articles that can be replaced by less expensive alternatives that you can make yourself from materials found in the Modulor assortment. Please consult the relevant information found in the description text at SILHOUETTE CAMEO.
Pen holder with retaining screw: The Cameo’s tool holder (chuck) can also accept a pen in place of the blade with the result that the steering mechanism of the head can be used for drawing purposes as well as for cutting jobs. We have two different holders for this purpose on offer: one is the somewhat sturdier version made of aluminium, which has three retainer screws which enable an exact centring of the pen. This version can also hold somewhat thicker pens with diameters up to about twelve millimetres. The alternative plastic penholder with only one retaining screw is less expensive and can only hold pens with diameters up to 8 millimetres. The shape of the pen must conform to certain requirements (diameter of the barrel, taper of the tip) in order to fit into the holder – just use trial and error for a determination. The ballpoint pen SLIDER (generally recommended anyway!) and the felt-tip pen STABILO POINT 88 can both be used with great results. This less expensive plastic version of the pen holder can be found at ACCESSORIES FOR SILHOUETTE CAMEO.
The new Cameo blade can be used as a replacement blade for the older Craft Robo models without any problem (see ACCESSORIES FOR SILHOUETTE CAMEO). Alternatively, the older aluminium blade version with two different angled replacement blades is still available for purchase. In that version, the cutting depth is continuously adjustable without detents or markings. Two steel blades are available for use: a blade with the steeper cutting angle of 30° that allows for work on materials with greater thicknesses while also being more agile when cutting sharp curves. The blade with only a 45° angle is distinguished by its ability to produce finer cut edges because the blade is flatter during the cutting process, which makes it easier for it to pass through a material.
Replacement Teflon cutting strip: Along the cutting path of the blade there is a Teflon strip covering the entire width of the cutting area. Ideally, the blade is positioned in such a way that it does not cut into the Teflon itself, especially considering that this material is not there to serve as a cutting mat but rather as a particularly frictionless substrate. These strips can nonetheless become worn out and require renewal as needed. This is done in the following manner: First you remove the old strips and then simply attach the new, self-adhesive one directly on top of the residual adhesive coat. If some of the adhesive coat is lifted off with the old strip, it is best to then remove all the adhesive residue (be careful when working with acetone!) in order to avoid creating any unevenness along the cutting path. Applying additional double-sided adhesive tape is not required.
Cutting plotters are used to cut out from a film, paper or cardboard a design or graphic that has been installed on a computer. It is most often used to make lettering for signs, display windows or cars by cutting letters out of self-adhesive film. There are two types: a flatbed plotter and a drum plotter. In the first named version the medium to be worked on remains stationary on the cutting table and the cutting head can be moved all the way to the outermost edges of the surface. With a drum plotter, however, the cutting action is a result of the combined movement of the medium by means of (grit) rollers and the cutting head which runs along a guide rail. This method is similar to that of an ink-jet printer as it directs itself to the required coordinates.
In addition, cutting plotters are differentiated by the way the cutter is employed. One type works with a tangential blade which is moved to the required position by a motor. This has the advantage of having a more powerful cutting action (thicker materials can be processed) as well as being able to deliver an impressive precision because the point of the knife is positioned exactly in the vertical middle axis of the knife. Another type of knife is called a drag knife. In this case the machine must take into account an offset because the exact cutting point of the tilted knife is positioned somewhat to the side of the middle axis. The cutting action of a drag knife is less powerful and this makes it more suitable for use in cutting thinner adhesive film or cardboard. Machines with a drag knife are as a rule cheaper and faster working because the knife is not raised up, turned and repositioned when having to make a sharp angle or change directions but instead the freely rotating blade stays in the material and a drag movement turns the head and the blade following accordingly.