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Silhouette CAMEO 3 Auto Blade vs Ratchet Blade: First Look

Did ya hear the news? I have the Silhouette CAMEO 3 in my hands!! Woohoo! My UPS man delivered the new CAMEO yesterday and I've spend the morning getting to know my new Silhouette cutting machine.  I even took a quick video for you so you can see how the Silhouette Auto Blade cuts!

New Silhouette CAMEO 3 auto blade auto adjusting regular ratchet blade video

There are definitely some noticeable differences in the CAMEO 3 vs. CAMEO 2 and older models. I know a lot of people are interested in the Auto Blade so I thought I'd quickly share a video on how it works.


Currently I am using an upgraded version of Silhouette Studio 3 which allows me to run the CAMEO 3. Studio 4 will be released later - most likely after the CAMEO 3's start shipping.

In order to use the AutoBlade, you must pick your material type and then tell the software to use the Autoblade. Once you "Send to Silhouette" the Auto Blade adjusts for the material - by tapping.  Next week I'll bring you a full tutorial on how to set up to use the AutoBlade so you can see how it works in Silhouette Studio.

But for now...how well does the Silhouette CAMEO 3 Auto Blade work? See for yourself. I cut the exact same design with the exact recommended default settings using the Auto Blade and the ratchet blade and recorded it for you to see!

 

Interested in pre-ordering the Silhouette CAMEO 3? Email me at melissa@silhouetteschoolblog.com

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28 comments

  1. Is it just me or did the ratchet blade do a better job of actually cutting the shape? The auto blade had some pieces that didn't appear to be fully cut and where the paper tore from the back.

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  2. +1, but I couldn't tell if that was bits from the mat or not......

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  3. is the cameo 3 wider , will it cut more than 300mm

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  4. I have so many problems with their software that I would not trust it enough to run an auto blade, at least not yet until they get all the bugs out of their program that runs this new feature. I'm sure that they will have some since my experience with them so far has been terrible!

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  5. I presume using the auto blade would stop the use of other makes of mats, as the mat thickness would be relevant to the cutting depth?

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  6. I didn't see that much difference. I would rather have seen a demonstration of it cutting regular vinyl, HTV, cardstock, etc. Also, how it preforms with an actual design rather than just a simple circle. Guess you could say that I'm not all that impressed yet.

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    1. I wanted to use a simple shape at first so there was no question that anything else could be influencing the cut..that and I had literally just taken it out of the box. I will need some time myself to work through the differences and of course then I will share everything I can!

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  7. As others have mentioned the difference is not significant enough for me to buy a new Cameo while I still have a fully functioning older model. I still have much to learn about the blade depths and what they can and cannot do. I presume the new model takes away that learning curve and does it for you. If so, its a good thing, but you could have made it to be used on existing models. This is cool stuff, but it is tiresome to be outmoded a month after I purchased my machine.

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    1. I also recently bought my cameo after waiting years. So I was frustrated to hear a new one was coming out. However, I've been having fun with my cameo 2 and don't regret purchasing it one bit.

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  8. I also would like to see it cut a more intricate design before I am impressed.

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  9. I think the comment about the mats is something to think about, although the competitor mats are catching up in price recently. Thanks for the video, I also thought there was a piece or two showing with the auto, but I LOVE my Silhouette and won't be changing for a while. KD

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  10. I agree with Gloria Ann, I wouldn't trust it either! I have had very poor experience in getting any assistance from the Silhouette Team in the past and I am firmly convinced that many of the really intricate designs featured in the Library simply would not be able to be cut. I have contacted Silhouette many times and have had responses which clearly indicate that they have not even bothered to read the email properly before copying & pasting a reply which does not relate to the question asked. Excuse the rant everyone, but I have held back on upgrading because Melissa seems to be the only person giving practical tips on how to use the machine.

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    1. I have the same experience with Silhouette support!I have emailed them with a problem from time to time, leaving an incredibly detailed account of the situation, only to receive what I call a "Robo Response"! I love this blog! Melissa is very helpful!

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    2. I have the same experience with Silhouette support!I have emailed them with a problem from time to time, leaving an incredibly detailed account of the situation, only to receive what I call a "Robo Response"! I love this blog! Melissa is very helpful!

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  11. a new machine that still cannot cut heavier chipboard is not worth it to me. I love my old cameo and hope one day they will release one that cuts chipboard and also has paper guides like the cricut, which would be a big help when using print and cut. I agree with other posters I am also leery of cutting complicated designs on either the old and new because of prior bad experiences. Thanks Melissa your school has really been a lot of help to me on silhouette learning journey

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  12. Just a couple questions. Since they changed the holder will it still hold the carbide blades and the Chomas etching blade? (with the tight fit of the carbide holder, I was wondering if this will still work?)

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  13. Says the ratchet blade can only go on the left but it looks like it's on the right. Am I seeing things? Haha. Anyone know which is correct? Looked like the ratchet blade made a cleaner cut to me too.

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  14. Overall..thank you everyone for your comments! I am a relatively new cameo user. I was GIVEN one late winter that was a few years old..( appears to be an older model, not the 2) by a neighbor who was moving. It was still in the box (!) and she said it "never worked well" and her DH (an engineer) could not help her figure it out. They had tried a few times. All the download cards were still good and unregistered (yay!!!) and it also had a rhinestone starter kit. Lucky me!!

    Well...I've been very successful with the cameo, and presented her with a few dozen cards and stationary pieces as a farewell/thank you gift in the spring, and have really been enjoying it this summer. Looking forward to holiday crafts and cards. SOO much to try and new things to learn.

    My burning questions and frustration are still around the modify-ungrouping function and understanding consistency with how that works. Are there any good written instructions on a blog anywhere? The youtube videos appear a few years old, and largely outdated as the software updates have moved the icons around and changed it up a bit. Not finding quick shot instructions very easily. Melissa...I'm sure your book has somethings it...and probably something I should have considered 6 months ago if only I'd known about them..!

    Also...am I right to think some of the inconsistencies in the process occur depending on how the designer actually created the file? That would make sense in how to go about disassembling the file as it is delivered but I've not read that, so my aging retired brain may be the problem!

    Thanks again all....any tips appreciated....and I'll be reading to see if I should eventually think about one of the newer machines!

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  15. Wondering will our Chomas Pen holders still work on this?

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  16. I have received my Cameo3 via one of your adverts. Great but trying to get it up and running is a nightmare, I have followed the instructions and get to where I should choose my machine but Cameo3 is not on there yet. So here I am waiting to use it and cannot - this is typical I think of Silhouette not giving good instructions. If you have and idea of how to get it running I would be grateful. I am in England so unless they have not received them at Graphtec them I am stuck. Linda

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  17. Same thing happened to me initially but for me, it was just a matter of upgrading the software. I thought I'd done that because when I "checked for updates" from within SS it said that my software was up to date. Went to the Silhouette site for the upgrade and now the Cameo 3 is listed in my software. I'm loving this machine. I still use my Cameo 1 & 2 and am thrilled to add the 3 to my business.

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  18. Melissa do you know any reason why when the ratchet blade is chosen, it's using the auto blade? I made a cut file for a circle template for button making and even with the ratchet blade picked, it's cutting with the auto blade.

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  19. I am having two problems, same as above, I choose ratchet and it's defaulting to Auto Blade. BUT, WORSE than that... I kept adjusting blade depth and it still would not cut. I began to WATCH the red indicator line in the blade window. When it taps, it's turning the blade to zero (0) and it stays on zero. So, it's always cutting at 0. To test this, I removed it from the machine, set it to 6 myself, and did not put it back in... I hit send to silhouette and waiting till the tapping stopped and hit PAUSE. Returned the blade to the machine during pause and hit resume. At 6, it cut through my mat! So, it can stay on a deeper setting... but the tapping sets it to a zero and it stays at zero. Anyone else having this? I just got this out of the box, not happy that a brand new product can't set a blade depth.

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  20. So I am a new cameo user. I have been using the autoblade and it is not cutting through vinyl, paper and cardstock. It scores the materials but does not have a clean cut. Very frustrated. It may be a user issue, but I would appreciate any help. do I need to switch to the ratchet blade and manually set it?

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  21. Is anyone else having trouble with the autoblade not adjusting correctly? This has happened to me twice now. I have everything set for vinyl but it tears through my material. When I check the autoblade, it has adjusted to a 7! The first time it happened was when my machine got stuck on pause. After I unplugged it, the next cut was fine. The next day when I went to cut more the same blade issue happened. I ended up popping a ratchet blade in to finish the job.

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  22. Set the auto blade yourself manually. Leave the setting in the machine for slot 1 as ratchet so it does not tap to set the depth. If I need a 3. I take the auto blade out and set 3 then put it in the machine. Leave it on ratchet. And it cuts fine ...because it's staying at 3 (or whatever you set it for). My cam 3 does not set the blade properly if I let it tap to get the setting.

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