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Silhouette Curio Cutting Tool (SILHOUETTE-CURIO) Review

Silhouette Curio Cutting Tool

So this review is all about the Silhouette Curio machine which is a lot different from the Cameo series by Silhouette. So how is this machine in general? That is quite a complicated question if you ask us. The best way to put it is that the Silhouette Curio Cutting Tool is a very unique machine in itself. There is stuff that it can do that no other machine can.

Apart from cutting, the Curio can weld. It can be used for drawing and sketching. It can emboss. It can print and score. It can deboss as well. And it can pierce and engrave too.

The Curio is highly versatile. Those of you who love to do a diverse range of work and always up for playing around with things will love it.

However, we feel that the Curio is more suited as a sidekick to a cutter with higher capacity instead of being the go-to machine. It has a cutting capacity of 8.5 inches in width and 12 inches in length only.

This detailed Silhouette Curio Cutting Tool review will tell you in details how this cutting machine measures up when it comes to performance.

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Silhouette Curio Cutting Tool

Key Features

  • Equipped with stippling and etching functions
  • Has 3 different types of embossing methods-Path Emboss, Score & Emboss, and Print & Emboss
  • With Curio, you can now cut thicker material. When used with Silhouette’s new deep-cut blade, you can cut up to 2mm thick materials;
  • Large 5mm clearance allowing to feed thicker materials through the machine
  • Free Silhouette Studio software and the Silhouette Design Store.
  • Dual Carriage option which allows doing two different tasks at once such as stippling, etching, and embossing

Details Features of Silhouette Curio Cutting Tool

Body

Straight out of the packet, you will see a very simple cutter with a minimalistic feel to it. The Curio comes in white and has the perfect shade that most would be comfortable with. The coloring and construct are neatly done.

The Curio is a pretty small cutter. It is about 17 inches long and 7 inches high. Goes without saying that this cutter will fit on your desktop with ease. And at 10.3 lbs. you will have no problem carrying this cutter around to your friend’s place or to another room perhaps.

Setting up the machine is very easy and you can expect this to be a hassle-free ride.

Software & Connectivity 

The Curio comes with Silhouette’s signature software which is the Silhouette Studio. The package comes with a CD but can be downloaded from the Internet as well for installation. If you are to make the best use of the Curio and use its multiple features like embossing, debossing and so on then, this machine has to be used with the Silhouette Studio software.

If you are familiar with Studio then you are already ahead but if you are new then as you can expect, you will have to tweak around things for the first few days to get used to the software.

The Silhouette Studio software does have some nice perks though. For instance, the Store offers you to buy tons and tons of amazing designs.

Although some consider the manufacturer’s software to be simple and straightforward, the Silhouette Studio is richly packed with features.

The Curio, unfortunately, is not Bluetooth enabled. It’s 2017 and we are surprised that this feature is missing.

Silhouette Curio Cutting Tool

The Cutting Capacity

The Curio has a very limited cutting capacity. The cutting width measures to 8.5 inches only. The cutting length is 12 inches. The Curio can do a diverse range of things however it has a very limited capacity.

The cutting force of Curio amounts to 210g. However, it has a larger clearance that makes the machine capable of working with several kinds of material. The Curio is capable of working with wood, leather, rubber, foam, cardstock, paper, fabric, vinyl and more.

The Cutting Experience

Using the Silhouette Curio Cutting Tool can be a joyride. The first thing that you will probably notice is the machine’s larger clearance. Items like metal, wood, leather, etc. would pass under smoothly in this one. The Curio is made up of several platforms in order to assist you to get your desired height for the material you are using.

They provide a handy guide to help you get the perfect height with this as well depending on what material you are working with.

The Curio needs to be used with the Deep Cut blades if you plan on using thicker materials. They need to be bought separately however once bought, the Curio provides a lot of benefits. With the Deep Cut blades in place, you can cut materials of 2mm thickness as well.

The joy of using the Curio, however, lies with the various things that you can do with the machine as we mentioned earlier. You can prepare great projects with the stippling and embossing feature. The Curio stipples excellently on thinner materials. The etching ability makes way for making amazing etched metal work too if you are up for it.

The Dual Carriage feature is another aspect we would like to mention. Basically, the Curio is able to perform two functions simultaneously such as cutting and drawing. This will save you a lot of precious time if you are in a hurry.

This enables the machine to produce works of multiple colors seamlessly as well. And who can forget the Print and Cut feature which enables the user to cut upon designs that they have printed? These designs can be made by the user themselves or can be downloaded from the Studio software as well.

Silhouette Curio Cutting Tool

Pros
  • Can be used for welding, embossing, sketching, engraving and several other tasks apart from cutting
  • Light body and requires little space
  • Silhouette Studio software is rich with various features and allows you to purchase designs too
  • Easy to operate and can perform two different tasks simultaneously
  • Has a large clearance which makes it capable of working with a diverse range of items
Cons
  • The Curio isn’t Bluetooth enabled
  • Has a limited cutting capacity
  • Will need additional Deep Cut blades for work with considerably thicker materials

Final verdict

That was all about this machine really. Our love for Silhouette Curio Cutting Tool has far less to do with its cutting ability but more with the range of privileges it empowers its user with. If you really want to work around with things and want to indulge in some fulfilling experimentation, you would love to have this machine around to compliment your main cutter.

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