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Silihouette CAMEO 4 Cross Cutter Tutorial

One of the new features of the Silhouette CAMEO 4 is the built in roll trimmer or cross cutter. It's a great addition to the new CAMEO - but it's only useful if you intentionally set up your vinyl and HTV cuts to use it - BEFORE you cut.

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Rather than your having the material feed back out the front of the machine, when the cut is complete, you want the vinyl to feed through the back.

The cross cutter on the CAMEO 4 is built into the back of the cutting machine. Before you start cutting you'll need to do a little set up.  You can use the cross cutter when cutting sheets or rolls of vinyl or HTV.

If you are cutting a roll of vinyl or heat transfer vinyl on the CAMEO 4, you'll want to set up the built in roll feeder. Sheets can be loaded directly into the CAMEO 4. With both rolls and sheets make sure you set up the Page SetUp panel to indicate you are NOT cutting with a cutting mat.

Once your design is set up in Silhouette Studio and you're ready to cut, move to the Send panel.

Click the small gear in the bottom right corner of the Send panel to open the preferences.
From the "Feed Options" select the option to Feed the vinyl through the cutter.

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You'll then need to decide how far you want the material to feed.  If you want to trim close to the bottom-most cut line, set the feed distance to "4.0" inches if you want to trim right below the bottom most cut design on the page.  Close the Send Panel Preferences window. (You'll want to go back in and change this option back to 'Return to Origin' when the cut is done or all of your cuts will continue to feed out the back.)

Before you send the design to cut from the software - move to your cutting machine.

Start by unlocking the cross cutter from the back of the Silhouette CAMEO 4.

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Unlock the small tab locks on both sides of the trimmer by flipping them down.

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This will release the blade so it's not locked into place when it's time to trim the vinyl or HTV. 


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Send the design to cut like you normally would. When the cut is finished, the vinyl will feed out the back of the machine.

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Once it does, slide the cross cutter blade from left to right to trim the vinyl off the roll with a nice straight cut.

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Slide the blade back to the left so you can lock it back into place. Flip the cross cutter locks back up to secure the roll trimmer.

To unload the rest of the roll of vinyl that is still under the rollers, press the unload button (down arrow) on the CAMEO 4 touch panel until the vinyl has been completely removed.

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The Silhouette CAMEO 4 cross cutter can be replaced when the blade becomes dull. To pop it out, press the small tabs on each side down.

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2 comments

  1. It seems like they could have just set up the software to advance the vinyl to whatever spacing we would choose, and then have the actual Silhouette blade do that final cross cut without having to add the manual feature?? Wouldn't that be logical? Hopefully in a future version. :-)

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  2. I still can't get the vinyl to go out the correct distance in the back of the machine. I tried 4" and it cut off part of the design. I keep adding to the feed distance, but it's not actually pushing it out any longer.

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