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Silhouette CAMEO 4 AutoBlade Won't Cut? 5 Things to Check!

If you're having trouble with your Silhouette CAMEO 4 Autoblade not cutting - which has been a relatively common complaint - there are a few things to check.

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Go through this check list to troubleshoot common CAMEO 4 AutoBlade issues.

Is the AutoBlade Locked and Loaded?

The first thing you want to check is to ensure your blade is loaded correctly. Make sure the CAMEO 4 Autoblade is completely seated flush in Carriage 1. If it's not, the blade will not be able to reach the material.

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Is the blade locked into place with the teeth on the lock locking in? If the blade is not locked in it can cause the blade to wiggle up during the tapping and cutting process...again preventing cutting.

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Loose Cap

If the cover around the CAMEO 4 Autoblade is loose, it can prevent cutting. Make sure it's screwed on tightly and then go through the cutting process again.


Red Line Moving While Tapping? 

While the AutoBlade is tapping before cutting, watch closely to ensure the red line is first resetting to 0 (all the way to the right) then tapping (and the red line moving with each tap) to climb to the correct blade depth.

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Cut Settings

Finally, if all of these checks are okay - you can move to adjusting the cut settings.  First increase the force and do a few test cuts.  You may also need to increase the blade depth - but do this AFTER you try increasing the force.


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13 comments

  1. I have had nothing but trouble with the autoblade that came with my new Cameo 4. The end cap unscrews while it's cutting, it won't automatically set itself to the cut settings in the Send menu, etc. Very frustrating! Silhouette finally has more autoblades available and is sending me a new one. I sure hope it works! I can use an older-style ratchet blade in the adapter and it will cut fine. Personally, after paying $299 for this machine, I don't feel I should have to manipulate cut settings to get a decent cut. I'm hoping that won't be the case when I get the replacement autoblade and give it a try.

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    1. I’m having the same issues. I got so frustrated that I’m using my 3 until I can get my 4 to cut right

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  2. OOOh i'm so glad its not just me. Mine only resets about 10% of the time, its so annoying and i've only ever used the auto blade. Maybe its time to invest in one of the other blades.
    Starting and restarting numerous times over because its not reset is so frustrating and time wasting, especially when i depend on it for business, heres hoping they get that issues fixed and quick.

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  3. Mine is doing the same thing. I’m very disappointed. It took me three days to finally get a single cut! I took it off auto blade and it works fine.

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  4. I've found that there's inconsistancy with how the my Cameo 4 autoblade cuts. The test cut may work great but at times it will leave parts of a design uncut. I then have to resend the design with adjusted cut settings of my choosing and hope it cuts the entire design. This has wasted vinyl medium, time and energy and takes some of the enjoyment out of the creative process. For the cost of this cutting device I expect this issue is fixed promptly.

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    1. having the same issues here and i'm getting pretty frustrated..
      i had moments when the machine didn't find the registration marks and startet to move to the left (even though there was no space left there) and it made strange noises so i turned it off. this really scared me ^^'
      also a bit annoyed that i cuts perfectly when i calibrate it but is (with registration marks) often 1 mm off.

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  5. Mine seems to cut everything (after adjusting the blade) EXCEPT for card stock. No matter the blade length or depth it will not cut it. Yet, I can cut a thick faux leather. Very frustrating!

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  6. Mine has been cutting great until today. I did notice when I change my blade depth, the red line does NOT move. Now what?

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  7. I am so disappointed with the Cameo 4. I got it so I could cut felt. Waited and waited for the rotary blade. It won't cut with tool 2. The test works just great, but when it goes to cutting out the actual item - nothing. I have actually contacted Silhouette, but no response so far. I hate wasting money like this.

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  8. I've also had issues with my Cameo 4 autoblade straight out of the box. I contacted Silhouette but the process they wanted me to go through to prove that the blade wasn't cutting correctly was so ridiculous (multiple photos + videos from a specific angle which is impossible for me to get on my own) that I just didn't bother. Very frustrating. The auto blade was one of the things I was looking forward to after upgrading from an original cameo.

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  9. Hi, I am still trying to bond with my Cameo 4. I've talked to it nicely and I read that you can use Cameo 3 fabric blades with the Cameo 4 adapters. So I've put the blue fabric blade in the white adapter and it doesn't seem to fit. I'm a bit worried about damaging both of them if I start cutting. Are there any videos about using adapters?

    Thanking you in advance.
    Sol

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    1. I'm sure I read that the fabric blade is exactly the same as the ratchet blade except the color? Have you tried it in the black adapter?

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