See, I knew we had a rep for cutting machines!
Now a few questions for you Ann,
What is gsd
What is TTF
What are merged words
What are shadows
What is a bridge
What is Illistrator
Can you explain the "pen" thing a little better
What is wpc file format
What is auto vectorize B&W clipart
What is a GSD file
What is an overlay
What is chip board
I know that some of these questions might seem dumb to some of us. But there are others, like myself who are not as computer savy as the rest of you and if we are going to be spending a nice amount of money on a machine we really should know what it is that we are getting into.
Also are there any computer sites or do you know of any retail stores that we can see a demostration of the machines so that we can tell if the machine in question is the right machine for our needs?
Now I need to go and rest my brain from cutting machine information overload!
I am not Jeanie but I can answer your questions about the cutting system. I have tried only a few scherenschnitte cutting patterns to date with the machine. What I have tried looked great and took so little time but it just took the uniqueness out of the art, if you know what I mean. You could
not tell that it was done by a machine.
Here is the scoop on the cutters currently on the market.
There is the Cricut-
Personal Cutter System-
The below cutters will create & cut our patterns if turned into the
format the machine can read. Available for free download is
software that will work with these next 2 cutters allowing you to
create without purchasing any expensive software and be more
creative. THe CR & WB designs can be read & shared with both
machines. The file format is gsd.
This machines requires a computer. Can cut any TTF, create merged
words, create shadows/mats, Create using clipart jpg/bitmap files
tracing an image/file maually. Has an optical eye to allow the Print
& Cut feature. Cut area is 7.5 x 39". does not require a bridge
for Illustrator. This also has a pen holder. Use a pen to create a
decorative border or your journaling then cut out. Retails $399.99
This machine requires a computer. It also has design disk
available. You can use any TTF to create. (All the other
capabilities the CR has, excluding Illustrator, this machine can
also do.) This is the same machine as the CR but with the
capability to read Wishblade design disk cards & if using
Illustrator you need to purchase the bridge.($99). This also has
the pen capability.
Blades Retail $40, Cutting mats $16.99-$22.00, Bridge to use with
Illustrator is $99. Design Disk prices vary.
Requires computer. Cut any TTF. This uses wpc format. Can create
merged words, shadows, mats & auto vectorize B&W clipart
automaticly. Retails $645
Craft Robo Pro-
Requires computer. Does all that the CR does and more. The
software has more capabilities. Can read the GSD files created by
the CR & Wishblade machines. This has 300 pounds of pressure and 15"
width. Retails $995
This machine can cut the 12x12 paper & create overlays. (you can
create the same design as an overlay with the smaller machines by
cutting the overlay item out and placing on top of the page.) This
is a scaled down version of the Pro model. This will cut the heavier
paper due to more pressure than the other cutters. It does not have
enough pressure to cut chip board or wood. Retails $1495
This is the same machine as the Pazzles Pro without there Pazzles
sticker on it.
This requires computer. Can cut chip board, wood, and 12x12 paper.
wpc file format. Engraves & emboss capabilities with additional
accessories. Retail $3045 for basic cutter
Accessories for the Pazzles Mighty, Pro and AC40
Needle Punch tool - $50
Embossing Tool - $50
Pen Tool - $50
Engraving Tool - $50
Tool Kit - $25
Rear Tray option - $45
Blade - $35 or less
Front Tray with Tool Rack- $55
Replacement blade Holder - $150
Vinyl Tray - $10
I have distributorship for all the machines. If there is enough
interest from the group I will see how many I have to order for free
shipping to me. If the group can meet the amount I will sell the
machines for $20 over my cost of the machine. I do know the
Wishblades are out of stock till at least July and the Mini Pazzle
is out of stock till mid June.
"She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands." Prov 31:13
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