Sunday, November 20, 2011

Crafting and cutting

A few years back I bough a cricut cutter to cut vinyl and scrapbook paper.  
{I do not scrapbook}.
3 years later I never use it because we have a professional cutter at work, 
that is easier to maneuver.

These are some of the cutters on the market, the retail price and the specs:
This may be helpful to any crafters out there! 

  • Cricut Expressions Machine - the one I have.  About $250 retail ( I bough a package online.) The idea is to buy themed cartridges to cut different fonts and designs.  There is a program called SurCutsALot that basically Hacks that idea and lets you almost anything. But since a lawsuit it works with all the other cutter but this ones now.

  • Silhouette Cameo - Retail $300. The Silhouette is an electronic cutting tool for personal use. It connects to your computer just like a printer, but instead of printing designs it cuts them with a small blade. With the machine connected to your computer, you'll get access to all of the fonts on your PC plus the thousands of cuttable designs found on the Silhouette Online Store.

  • BossKut Gazelle - Retail $529 The Gazelle will cut 12" media. It's software is easy to use and designed especially for the scrapbooker with the features that all the crafters want.  500 g of pressure. Cuts cardstock, glitter paper, chipboard, balsa wood, foam, Grafix plastic
  • Craftwell Cutters - Retail $250 The first and only electronic cutter that allows you to cut without a mat!I
    ts ease of use combined with advanced technology makes the eCraft the perfect cutting system for all consumers- beginner to expert. It is ideal for scrapbooking, banners, paper crafting, card making, fashion designing, home decor, and so much more.The eCraft's unique design and paper feeder system make it easy to cut materials automatically, without the use of a cutting mat. Use the Paper Tray to stack multiple sheets at a time, or use the Roller to cut 12" by ANY length.The eCraft is ultra slim, and its lightweight design and onboard storage compartment let you take it anywhere. Use it on its own with SD Image Cards, or attached to a computer with the eCraftshop Design Software that comes in the box! With the large selection of fonts, shapes and designs, anyone can be an expert in minutes. Making great looking projects has never been easier!
  • Pazzle Inspiration - Retail $600.
    The Pazzles Inspiration® is a premium personal electronic cutting system that lets you unlock your creative potential. Discover the freedom of being able to create and cut any design or font, or even use and modify premade designs to fit your needs!The Inspiration Creative Cutter® connects to your computer similar to a printer but instead of printing the Inspiration uses a small blade to cut any font or design, including designs you have created, in sizes as small as 1/8” all the way up to 12”x24”. Cut a variety of materials including paper, chipboard, and fabric or go even farther with added tools to draw, engrave, emboss, distress, and pierce!
  • USCutter - starting at $179. These machines are a lot like the ones I use at work.  
    Mainly for vinyl only.
    Includes USB and works with Flexi and other popular software through standard Roland PNC1000 drivers. Includes a 1 year license for SignCut Productivity Pro, a versatile cutting software . SignCut Productivity Pro is cutting software and not design software, it works in conjunction with a variety of popular design platforms, including Adobe Illustrator, CorelDRAW, and the FREE design program InkScape. This cutter is also compatible with SignBlazer Elements cutting software, available as a free download from the support section of USCutter's website.

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