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How to Calibrate Silhouette CAMEO

There are times when you may need to know how to calibrate your Silhouette CAMEO machine.

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Silhouette CAMEO calibration is helpful when the machine is cutting in the wrong area and ends up cutting off the mat or off the material on the mat.  This Silhouette CAMEO calibration tutorial will fix that issue applies to the CAMEO 4 and other older machines. 

What Causes Silhouette CAMEO Calibration Problems? 

Calibrating the Silhouette machine is different than performing a Silhouette CAMEO Print and Cut calibration (which is actually almost never necessary). Calibrating the machine head and tool carriage is actually much more common and is easy to do.  

Silhouette CAMEO calibration problems can occur from unboxing on. If you remove a piece of the packing tape too aggressively it can throw the alignment off.  Likewise cutting a material with too much force or a blade that's too deep or trying to cut a material that's too thick or dense can cause the blade to get stuck in the material or mat and throw the calibration off.

When Do I Know if Should Calibrate My Silhouette CAMEO?

Calibration is likely the fix necessary if the Silhouette blade is starting to make a cut too far to the right - when compared to where the design is positioned on the virtual mat in Silhouette Studio. 

How to Calibrate the Silhouette CAMEO

To calibrate the Silhouette CAMEO 4, disconnect the machine from the computer and power it off. Unplug the CAMEO 4 machine from the power source. 

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With your hand move the tool carriage all the way to the right and then back to the left. 

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Repeat this back and forth motion a total of three times. 

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Power the Silhouette CAMEO machine back on and allow the tool carriage to naturally reset. 

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The machine should now be calibrated and the cutting should begin in the correct spot. 

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  1. THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH! I've been struggling with my Cameo 4 for over a year and I didn't know how to ask about my machine. I thought it was just broken, so I have been "eyeballing it" and compensating. I'm back in business with an efficiently working machine, and I'm grateful.

  2. I tried that and it didn't work for me :( it keeps cutting above the mat even when my design is in the middle of the page

    1. Hi there! You may want to make sure that your mat is turned on in your page set up panel. If it is and you're still having trouble, I'd contact Silhouette America.

    2. I am having the same problem. It's not much too high, but I have to adjust it virtually so that my design will cut lower on the actual mat. I have been trying to find something on how to calibrate it thinking that was off somehow, but it seems the only adjustment is L/R.

  3. Hi there! Also check out this video for troubleshooting steps for Print and Cut:

  4. HI, When I put my machine on, it moves the housing to the left and hits the wall and keep going ( bumping the wall) and then stops and rests in the right place. It cuts fine and in the right spots. I am not sure why it started doing this.

  5. does this also work for the Cameo 3? please help, i have wasted so much vinyl trying to cut out baseball threads to add to a bottle.. help ...

  6. Thank you for this!! I got the Cameo Pro when It was first released and never took the time to set it up. I had everything perfected with my Cameo 3, so I kept going. Tonight I finally NEEDED to use the Pro and I was getting super frustrated. This recalibration seems to have solved my problems. I truly appreciate all that you do for the silhouette world!


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