Skip to Main Content

The Shop Equipment and Technology


Silhouette Cameo Cutter with a cutout of gearsThe Silhouette Cameo Cutter is an electronic cutting machine that hooks up to your computer.

It comes with software that enables you to create a design and then cut it out on paper, vinyl, fabric, or heat transfer material.

How Do I Use It?

  1. Create your design in the Silhouette program using one of The Shop’s Macs.
  2. Connect the Mac to the Cameo Cutter using the USB connection. Load in the cutting mat with a material of your choice. Make sure they are aligned with the blue arrows on the machine.
  3. Follow the steps in the program, making sure that the settings reflect the project accurately.
  4. Click “Send.” The Cameo will then begin working on your project, along with an estimate for how long it will take to complete.

Cameo Cutter Policies

Each 12”x12” sheet of vinyl costs $.50. If you bring your own material, there is no fee.


Tips and Tricks

If your project includes words, be sure to orient the project so that it does not read backwards.

If you don’t see a design you like in the program’s library, find an image from the internet and use the “trace” function.

Course Description

Introduction to Silhouette Cameo Cutter: 

Create and cut out a vinyl decal on our Silhouette Cameo Cutter.

Prerequisites: Basic PC skills.


Addtional Resources

LinkedIn Learning - Use it for Free with your Library card and PIN: Learn business, software, technology and creative skills to meet your personal or professional goals. Engaging, top-quality video courses taught by recognized industry experts, organized by skill level and subject. Learn a whole course or just the section you need.

Silhouette America Tutorials - Silhouette America's official YouTube channel dedicated to helping you get the most out of a Silhouette.

Silhouette Studio - Software to create designs that can be sent to a Silhouette machine.

Instructables: Silhouette Studio - A tutorial will take you step by step from idea to full-fledged design.

Related Classes