Introduction: Using the Silhouette Craft Cutter With Zotebook
We usually use Zotebook with a laser cutter, but lately we've realized how handy the craft cutter is.
At a fraction of the cost of a laser cutter, it's perfect for making prototype models with students.
And we can use it right in the classroom.
Zotebook also provides a way for crafters to make precise, but creative drawings without having to learn a complicated CAD program.
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Step 1: Zotebook
Zotebook is the iPad app that turns rough sketches into precise drawings.
Check out our Instructable to see how it works
You can create a login for to free to draw.
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Step 2: Silhouette Craft Cutter
I am using the Silhouette "Cameo 2" craft cutter.
The "Curio" works in a similar way, but has a smaller cutting space.
To use outside SVG files with the Silhouette Studio software you will need the upgraded version, "Designer Edition."
Download online at their website.
Step 3: Connect Your Computer to the Cutter.
Turn the cutter on, connect the USB cable, and open Silhouette Studio on your desktop.
Step 4: Load Construction Paper and Set Cut Blade
In this example I am using construction paper.
- I put the construction paper on the sticky cut mat.
- Position the mat to load, hit "Load" in the Silhouette touch screen.
- The blade depth is for this is 2.
*Handy tip, if you lose the tiny blade setter, there is one built INSIDE the cutter just to the left.
Step 5: Login at Zotebook.io
In a second window, open Zotebook.io and from here select "My Sketches" and look for the file you want to print.
Step 6: You Want to Be Able to Access Both Zotebook and Silhouette Studio on Your Computer.
Step 7: Select the File From Zotebook and Drop Into Silhouette
6 simple steps:
- Select SVG from Zotebook to create the file.
- Drag the File directly into Silhouette.
- Select the file.
- Select the pen in the upper right corner.
- Click the "Cut Edge" icon, see the shape turn red.
- Hit "Send to Silhouette."