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Old 11-10-2013, 09:56 AM   #1
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I have been looking at purchasing an electronic die cutting machine and can't decide which one would be best. I like the reviews for the Cameo but would like a machine that could cut thru thicker cardboard. I have been doing quite a bit or reading but have never used any of the machines. So far I like what I read about the KNK Zing and the Silver Bullet. If money wasn't a concern which machine of any would you buy and why??? Thanks in advance for your comments.
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I have Cameo on my wish list for the simple fact that I am not limited in the patterns it will cut. The software allows me to make my own stuff. I haven't looked into KNK or Silver Bullet so I don't know anything about what they will do.
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Old 11-10-2013, 11:26 AM   #3
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Yes the Cameo certainly sounds like a great machine. At first I was thinking of getting a Cruicuit until I read so many great comments about the Cameo. My only concern with it is that it doesn't seem able to cut through anything thicker than cardstock.
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Yes the Cameo certainly sounds like a great machine. At first I was thinking of getting a Cruicuit until I read so many great comments about the Cameo. My only concern with it is that it doesn't seem able to cut through anything thicker than cardstock.
So, I did some looking, and I found this. Cameo cuts chipboard
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Well that is interesting. Thanks for that.
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If money isn't a factor, definitely the Silver Bullet. It even cuts through mat board.
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Well when I did my research money was always the first thing I looked at and so I didn't read much about the machines that were more than $500. Per my research and within my budget KNK Zing seemed to be the best and that is what I'm getting. It has 750g of cutting force as opposed to cameo with 250g and Gazelle at 500g. To me the more the cutting force, the thicker the material you can cut. That is what drew me in it's favor the most. What I didn't like so much about Zing (but I can live with) is that you need to manually adjust the blade for different thickness.

Die Cutting Machines Review 2014 | Best Personal Die Cutters | Compare Electronic Cutter and Digital Cutting Tools - TopTenREVIEWS does say that Silver bullet is the top performer.
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Well, if money wasn't a concern, I would get a computer aided gas laser cutting machine. They only run, on the cheap, probably about $150K. But since money was a major concern for me, I got a KNK Zing. Its the best for the price and class of machine IMHO.
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I have been researching electronic cutters for almost two years. I have a Cricut but want to get away from cartridges. After all my research, I purchased a KNK Zing last week. I ordered the newest one that has 3 roller wheels instead of just 2. It is on back order but should ship by the 10th of this month. I am super excited. KNK customer service ia great.
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Even if money wasn't an object, I think I would still stick with my sizzix eclips machine. I've been more than happy with its performance. It cuts thicker card brilliantly and is backed by sizzix wonderful customer service.
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I'm happy with my old KNK Maxx. I didn't find the software too much of a learning curve although I know others have done - but they have addressed that now as the KNK is supported by MTC as well as KNK Studio.

I like the compact form of the KNK Zing (Maxx is pretty big) so if it can do all the things Maxx can do, I'd definitely look closely at that.
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Well when I did my research money was always the first thing I looked at and so I didn't read much about the machines that were more than $500. Per my research and within my budget KNK Zing seemed to be the best and that is what I'm getting. It has 750g of cutting force as opposed to cameo with 250g and Gazelle at 500g. To me the more the cutting force, the thicker the material you can cut. That is what drew me in it's favor the most. What I didn't like so much about Zing (but I can live with) is that you need to manually adjust the blade for different thickness.

Die Cutting Machines Review 2014 | Best Personal Die Cutters | Compare Electronic Cutter and Digital Cutting Tools - TopTenREVIEWS does say that Silver bullet is the top performer.
I am looking at buying a die cutting machine, and have been doing some research, but still have one nagging question. After watching a video for the KNK Zing, it "appeared" that it would cut a stamped image, not just digital images. Is this just wishful thinking on my part?
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My best reply would be that even tho you choose the MAXX, Zing, I still believe they don't like the results of cutting heavy chipboard. Maybe this has changed but I honestly think if you can afford the laser, go for it. Otherwise cut 2 thin chipboard with cameo, cricut or eclips....and glue together. This is from someone who has a Groove, Eclipse , cricut and Cameo
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I am looking at buying a die cutting machine, and have been doing some research, but still have one nagging question. After watching a video for the KNK Zing, it "appeared" that it would cut a stamped image, not just digital images. Is this just wishful thinking on my part?
You can definitely scan the stamp and import it into the cutting program, then create a cutting file from it. If you already know how to scan an image and save to your computer, then it isn't difficult to create the cutting file.
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My best reply would be that even tho you choose the MAXX, Zing, I still believe they don't like the results of cutting heavy chipboard. Maybe this has changed but I honestly think if you can afford the laser, go for it. Otherwise cut 2 thin chipboard with cameo, cricut or eclips....and glue together. This is from someone who has a Groove, Eclipse , cricut and Cameo
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Apparently, some chipboards cut better than others due to the structure of the fibres. With the right chipboard, the Maxx will cut 1.2mm no problems. Wrong board - it gets furry...
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I have a Cricut which I LOVE. I have also just bought the new Brother ScanNCut. It is a great compliment to my Cricut. It does things that the Cricut cannot do. Love it!
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I am looking at buying a die cutting machine, and have been doing some research, but still have one nagging question. After watching a video for the KNK Zing, it "appeared" that it would cut a stamped image, not just digital images. Is this just wishful thinking on my part?
Like KoffeeKat said, you would need to first scan and import the file into MTC (the software that comes with Zing).

BTW I got my Zing over the weekend and have played a little with it - totally loved it! Oh what an upgrade it is over Cricut!
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You can definitely scan the stamp and import it into the cutting program, then create a cutting file from it. If you already know how to scan an image and save to your computer, then it isn't difficult to create the cutting file.
Thank you for the information. It definitely helps!
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Like KoffeeKat said, you would need to first scan and import the file into MTC (the software that comes with Zing).

BTW I got my Zing over the weekend and have played a little with it - totally loved it! Oh what an upgrade it is over Cricut!
Thanks! I'm getting closer to making the purchase decision. I'm glad to hear you like your Zing so much. Since I don't have anything to compare it to, I'm sure I'll be pleased.
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Well I still can't decide between the Zing and Silver Bullet. I am wondering if there is much difference between the 2 when it comes to learning how to use them. Is there anyone out there that has the Silver Bullet. I can't seem to find a lot of reviews from users. Thanks for any help you can give me.
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Well my husband decided for me and is getting me a Silver Bullet for Christmas. I am looking forward to it arriving!!! He spends a lot on his hobby so I think it was his way of feeling less guilty about that lol!!!
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