Has it ever happened to you: that you have your Silhouette Cameo, you send the jobs to be cut but no matter how much you configure the program you cannot cut any design, or you have cut your mat because the blade always goes over the material?
If your answer was yes, welcome you are not alone and there are many of us who have been involved in these situations, we will try to clarify as best as possible the cases that have been presented to us and what have been the options to solve them.
- What to do when the blade cannot cut anything?
First, check the placement of the blade on your cutting plotter well, a bad placement no matter how much you calibrate the blade does not allow you to obtain the cut. If the blade is in a good position, then check the settings based on the material you have. Because remember that bond paper does not cut the same as adhesive vinyl or thread cardboard.
And yes you have checked all this, and everything works. Then check the condition of your blade, as this may be the one with the problem. We have had cases where the blade did not cut or cut too much, regardless of the setting.
- In all the cuts, the blade fails and takes the materials, what do I do?
If this is your case, check your design and that what you are sending is done properly. Then check the speed and pressure, when you adjust these two it is time to check if the useful life of your blade is over and you require a replacement. In our case, when we put the appropriate pressure and speed, the error happened that very small details were damaged, but then if we reduced it, it did not cut, we decided to check the blade and realized that it was time for a change.
- My machine goes out of the cutting area or has control failures, should I throw it away?
Before making a hasty decision, check your equipment, these equipment normally come with software installed on it, so we recommend that you inform yourself if it needs an update or reinstallation in order to use it optimally. In the case of the Silhouette it is the Firmware, the Cricut still needs a software update.
So if your equipment is not working in the best way, we invite you to review:
- Placing your blade
- Cut configuration
- Material you are working with
- Calibration of your material
- State of your blade
- The computer software.
Finally, a lot of other errors can occur, these are not the only ones, but before getting alarmed we invite you to check each of the components of your computer to make sure that everything is fine and that there are no errors.