Silhouette Cameo

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As of Wed Aug 17 12:19:59 MDT 2016 Apparently not in production.

Information at - JoAnn Exclusive CAMEO Bundle with new touchscreen CAMEO!

The Silhouette CAMEO® is the ultimate DIY machine. Like a home printer, it plugs into your PC or Mac® with a simple USB cable. However, instead of printing it uses a small blade to cut paper, cardstock, vinyl, fabric, and other material up to 12 inches wide and 10 feet long. The machine also has the ability to register and cut printed materials and is PixScan™ compatible.

Included in the box:

  • Silhouette CAMEO® Electronic Cutting Tool
  • Silhouette Studio® Software
  • Power Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Basic Instruction Manual
  • 12-inch Cutting Mat
  • Cutting Blade
  • One-month Basic Subscription to the Silhouette Design Store
  • Crosscutter
  • 100 Free Digital Designs

Bonus Items:

  • Hook
  • Scraper
  • Spatula
  • Pick-Me-Up Tool
  • 25 Free Exclusive JoAnn Shapes
  • Extra Cutting Blade (total of 2 cutting blades in this bundle) about about Comparing Cricut Explore, Sizzix eclips2 and Silhouette CAMEO

youtube Workflow - Comparing eCAL, Silhouette Studio DE and Cricut Design Space site

Philipp’s Computing Blog - Silhouette Cameo-2

We bought this cutting plotter at the university to produce solder mask stencils to apply solder paste in the right places on PCBs. We also plan to create glue dispensing masks with it to help integrating our particle detector, where “to integrate” is jargon for “to construct”.

Here are my findings about how it works, how to drive it with free software and how to create neat stencils:


The plotter speaks a dialect of the GPGL language (an older reference of the formats to be found here: GPGL (and HPGL) Reference (2011-07-23)). Many particularities have been found out by reverse engineering the communication protocol and as a result there is a collection of Silhouette Cameo Commands by fablabnbg.

The files the plotter can read directly via its own USB port have the file extension .studio3 (in contrast to the .gsp format that Silhouette cutting plotters with an SD-card slot understood).


youtube Average jane - Brother scan and cut. Why I ditched my cricut and silhouette. Scrapbook, scraprack.

fablabnbg GPGL inkscape-silhouette

An extension to drive a Silhoutte Cameo from within inkscape. 100% pure python, ontop of the libusb backend.


gitub -Silhouette Cameo Commands

The protocol is called GPGL (Graphtec Plotter Graphics Language)

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Fri Sep 23 13:04:39 MDT 2016

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        subject: Silhouette Cameo at library
        I learned of your meetings at the library from Derrick and that you may be the only folks using the Cameo.  I am hoping to use the Silhouette Cameo for paper crafting and would like to see how you are using it.
        Would it be appropriate to come to one of your library meetings?  I have the next one as Sept. 28, 6-8:30
        Craig Anderson