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How to Cut with Multiple Silhouette Machines at One Time

When you have a big project ahead of you you can save a lot of time by running multiple Silhouette cutting machines at the same time. 

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This tutorial will explain how to use multiple Silhouette cutting machines simultaneously to cut different cut files.

How to Setup Multiple Silhouette Machines to Cut Simultaneously

With the Silhouette Studio Business Edition software upgrade you can cut with multiple Silhouette machines. The machines can be different makes and different models or all the same. For example you can cut with a CAMEO 3 and CAMEO 4 or CAMEO 4 and Portrait 2. The connections can also be different with some machines connected via USB while others are connected by Bluetooth. 

Before you begin make sure you have the machines you are going to be cutting with powered on and connected to Silhouette Studio. 

You also want to make sure you have enough room for loading the cutting mats and for the actual cutting. It's sometimes easiest to work on the floor depending on how many machines you are going to be using. 

In this example I am going to be using a CAMEO 4 connected by Bluetooth and a CAMEO 3 connected by USB.

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How to Set Up Silhouette Studio to Cut with Multiple Silhouette Cutting Machines

Launch Silhouette Studio and in a design area, set up your design for cutting out your project. 

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This is a rolled paper flower template that we'll cut out into several colors of cardstock. You'll find the rolled flower cut files in the Wedding Font and SVG Bundle at So Fontsy.

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With the first rolled flower design open in one work area, add a second design area by clicking the "+" to add a new tab. 

Drag and drop or merge in the design. These are the leaves included with the rolled paper flowers file.

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How to Setup the Silhouette Send Panel for Multi-Machine Cutting

Move to the Send panel. Select the appropriate cut settings for your materials. At the bottom of the Send panel you'll see what machine is currently ready for cutting (in this case the Cameo 4). 

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Load the cardstock and cutting mat into the correct machine and press Send to start cutting.

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While that's cutting, go back to the first design area tab you have open in Silhouette Studio, and from there move into the Send panel again.

From the machine list at the bottom of the Send panel, change the cutting machine you're sending to.  For this design we're sending to the CAMEO 3.

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Since it's connected and powered on, it should be listed as Available. Select it from the Machine list.

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Load the second Silhouette cutting machine with cardstock and cutting mat and - from click "Send" to begin cutting

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With multiple machines running at one time, you'll be able to cut out projects much more quickly, like a large arrangement of paper flowers. If you want to see how to construct these paper flowers, head over to the So Fontsy blog post, How to Create Rolled Paper Flowers

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To grab this rolled paper flowers file for yourself, check out the Wedding Font and SVG Bundle at So Fontsy

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