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Silhouette FAQs

What is the Curio?

The Silhouette Curio™ is the ultimate DIY machine - more than just a cutting tool. It can cut, emboss, sketch, stipple, and etch— it's like a Swiss Army knife for your craft room. Unlock powerful new creative capabilities like Print & Emboss, Score & Emboss, and deep cut*. Curio allows you to unleash Silhouette Studio® software to its fullest potential with new features like stipple tracing and dual carriage tasks.
*Requires deep-cut blade, sold separately.

Is the Curio meant to replace my Portrait, CAMEO, or other Silhouette electronic cutting tool?

No! The Curio is the ultimate companion tool to the other Silhouette cutting tools because of the new ways you can create with it. Portrait and CAMEO are pure cutting machines - unlike the Curio, they allow for matless cutting and are able to cut rolled materials. In addition, the CAMEO boasts a 12" cutting width, whereas the Curio provides a maximum 8.5" x 12" cutting surface*. There are no plans to discontinue the Portrait or CAMEO cutting tools.
*Requires optional Curio large base for maximum cutting area capability.

How big is the Curio's workspace?

The Curio's maximum workspace is 8.5" x 12" (Curio large base sold separately). The standard base that comes with the Curio provides a maximum work space of 8.5" x 6".

Does the Curio have Print & Cut capability?

Yes! The Silhouette Curio™ includes an optic scanner that can read and utilise registration marks for Print & Cut jobs.

What can a Curio do that a CAMEO, Portrait, or other Silhouette electronic cutting tool can't?

Metal and foil stippling, metal etching, dual carriage multitasking (multiple tasks in one pass), embossing, Score & Emboss, Print & Emboss, deep-cut capabilities* (leather, foils, foams, and more), using thicker materials as project surfaces (e.g. stencils sketched directly onto wood up to 5mm thick).
*Requires deep-cut blade, sold separately.

Can I cut fabric with my Curio?

Similar to other Silhouette cutting machines, the Curio can cut fabric when using fusible fabric stabilisers.

Can I cut straight from a roll of media with my Curio?

No. The Curio requires a hard base when cutting and has a limited cutting area.

What types of metals can the Curio etch?

Stippling is the process of creating a design using a series of dots. The Curio provides the capability to produce stippling effects. This can be achieved with either a felt tip pen to draw stipple points, or the stippling tool to punch a series of stipple points.

What is the maximum cutting force of the Curio?

When used under normal cutting conditions, the Curio provides 210gf cutting pressure.

Can I use Curio accessories in my Portrait, CAMEO, or other Silhouette electronic cutting tool?

While the tools will fit into all Silhouette machine types, they are designed for use with the Silhouette Curio. We cannot guarantee results when using tools intended for use with the Curio in other Silhouette cutting tools. Silhouette does not recommend using the deep-cut blade, stippling tool, engraving tool, or embossing tools with machines other than the Curio.

Which tools and accessories are compatible with Curio?

The Curio is compatible with all current tools and accessories offered, such as regular blades and sketch pens.

Is the Curio quieter than other Silhouette machines?

The Curio has similar operating noise levels as other Silhouette machines. Various operations, such as stippling metal, may produce louder sounds.

What kind of material surfaces can be embossed?

While we have had success with many types of materials, the Silhouette Studio® software settings are optimised for Silhouette Score & Emboss paper. Other material types can be embossed through trial and error.

What comes in the box?

  • 1 x Silhouette Curio™ Cutting Machine
  • 1 x Blade with Ratchet Cap
  • 1 x Fine Embossing Tip
  • 1 x Wide Embossing Tip
  • 3 x Print and Emboss Squares
  • 4 x Material Fasteners
  • 1 x Power Plug and A/C Adapter
  • 1 x USB Cable
  • 1 x 8.5" x 6" Base with 3 Platforms
  • 1 x 8.5" x 6" Embossing Mat
  • 1 x 8.5" x 6" Cutting Mat
  • 1 x Silhouette Studio Software CD ROM