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« on: March 13, 2011 12:06:50 AM »

There are a lot of options out there for computerized die-cutting machines (Cricut Expressions, Wishblade, Pazzles, etc.). Does anyone which ones allow you to use images other than what's in the manufacturers' libraries? I'd like to make my own designs if possible. I can't seem to find any charts or spreadsheets online that make the research easy peasey. Any other features (including price) that might be a consideration for people looking into buying such a machine would be helpful as well.

Thanks in advance for your help! Cheesy
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But we have flamethrowers. And what this indicates to me, it means that at some point, some person said to himself, "Gee, I sure would like to set those people on fire over there. But I'm way too far away to get the job done. If only I had something that would throw flame on them."
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« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2011 05:01:55 AM »

As of yesterday there has been some major changes in the die cutting world and the machines.

Cricut won it's lawsuit against MTC. MTC users will no longer be able to use the Cricut machines with that software. SCAL also has a lawsuit filed against them and because of the MTC lawsuit SCAL users will also be in the same boat. I can say this with absolute certainty. You need to cancel out the Cricut Expressions for use your own font or design machine. I am sure there will be workarounds but updating will be virtually impossible.

I would hate for you to go out and buy a Cricut and then find all that out. The next few weeks or months there is going to be a melee all over this. That will take time out from you learning the machines.

Here's a list for other machines you can use with your own fonts and designs:

Black Cat Cougar $700
Klik n Kut $700-$1000
Silhouette SD $250
Gazelle $400
Pazzles $500
E-craft (Slightly limited) $300-$400
Craft-Robo $250

Wishblade (no longer supported but does work on the new Silhouette Studio)

The above machines are estimated retail prices. Some vendors are more expensive and others are extremely frugal.

Machine comparison:
http://www.paperthreads.com/bonus/paperthreads_machine_compare_112008.html

http://www.thymegraphics.co.uk/Thyme%20machines%20comparison.html

I own the Cricut Expressions, Silhouette SD & the Gazelle. I love Cricut for the cartridges. Silhouette SD for Print & Cut. I love the Gazelle for designing and heavier cutting.
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« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2011 06:45:49 AM »

Thank you very much for letting me know - it makes a little more sense why the machine is suddenly going for far less, and that's an extremely important thing to know!

What do you mean by print and cut vs. design?
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But we have flamethrowers. And what this indicates to me, it means that at some point, some person said to himself, "Gee, I sure would like to set those people on fire over there. But I'm way too far away to get the job done. If only I had something that would throw flame on them."
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« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2011 12:01:37 AM »

Your welcome. Another reason the Cricut's have been going so low is that the new Cricut is being released next month. It is called E2. That Cricut is made so you can not use third party software with it. Strictly proprietary machine.

Print & Cut- The Graphtec machines use a format where you can Print & Cut designs accurately. The Graphtec machines are Silhouette, CraftRobo & Wishblade.

Here's a tutorial on how to Print & Cut: http://silhouettemachine.blogspot.com/2009/11/monday-cafe-print-cut-gotta-love-it.html
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« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2011 11:58:53 PM »

Does anyone use some type of software for customizing rhinestones with the Silhouette SD?
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Cranbeary
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2011 06:38:50 PM »

Oh my gosh. I was always wondering what cricuts were and what they did, but IO never really took the time to stop and read their boxes because I glanced at the price and figured that it was another expensive item that I would only use once or twice. I am just amazed at what these kinds of machines are able to do. I want one SO badly now. Too bad my birthday was at the end of March. My anniversary is coming up though lol!

Are all of these machines capable of cutting through chipboard or only certain ones?
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lylacfey
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2011 04:21:04 AM »

Cricut, Pazzles, BlackCat Cougar, Lynx, Gazelle, Klik-n-Kut, e-Craft all cut through chipboard.

CraftRobo, Silhouette, Wishblade can not cut through chipboard. There is an aluminum blade for the Silhouette that can cut through chipboard but it is a separate item that has to be individually purchased. I am not sure about it's accuracy. I have a Gazelle and Cricut so I don't need the blade since my other machines can cut through chipboard.

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« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2011 02:01:47 PM »

Thanks!
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