[Lab] Cricut & other cutters (was Re: Lab Digest, Vol 39, Issue 29)
darcy at siteware.com
Tue May 28 15:36:59 EDT 2013
What about those cheap machines you find in ebay under vinyl cutter?
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On Tue, May 28, 2013 at 2:04 PM, Paul & Andrea Mumby <themumbys at gmail.com>wrote:
> Yes the Cricut is VERY vendor locked. A few third parties even released
> software which allowed cutting of generic SVG files on it via it's USB
> interface. And Provocraft (the manufacturer) sued those companies over it.
> Limiting your options to only their cartridges which are rediculously
> We had a Cricut for a couple years, and used it with the third party
> software, but once they shut that down we had to look at alternatives. (by
> the way I still have a 24" Cricut that I'll be putting up for sale soon, if
> anyone's interested lol)
> My Wife has the Silhouette machine now, and it's quite nice. The software
> for it is free, and works with an online store with a wide selection of
> designs. And also lets you create your own designs with drawing tools, or
> by importing images and "tracing" them and so on. But for an extra $50 you
> can buy the "Pro" software which lets you import generic SVG art from
> hundreds of sources on the net.
> Also one nice feature the Silhouette has is "print and cut" which lets you
> print on an inkjet, and it has an optical sensor that lets it detect
> registration marks, and accurately cut out the printed image.
> Considering the Silhouette is in the same approximate price as the Cricut,
> I'd say it's far more value for a hobbyist.
> (the one we have is the 24" model, and yes it will work with vinyl as well
> as other materials).
> On Tue, May 28, 2013 at 1:57 PM, Andrew Plumb <andrew at plumb.org> wrote:
>> On 2013-05-28, at 1:47 PM, John Nicol wrote:
>> Have you looked at the Cricut? http://www.cricut.com/home/
>> This is a hobby machine that cuts stencils and I believe has a large
>> format version as well. I also saw a machine in a hobby shop in the US
>> that was for fabric stencil creation for screen printing. Can't remember
>> what it was called, sorry.
>> Maybe it was one of the (older) CraftROBO or (newer) Silhouette machines
>> by Graphtec that you saw?
>> They tend not to be as vendor locked-in as the Cricut system with its
>> proprietary cartridges.
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