Introducing the Silhouette Cameo 3!

Silhouette America just announced a brand new SILHOUETTE CAMEO 3!  There are some exciting new features on the Cameo 3, click below to read all about it

Introducing the New Silhouette Cameo 3 New Product Release Summer of 2016

Silhouette America just announced the release of a brand new Cameo machine!  Version 3 will have some great improvements including new roller bars, being Bluetooth ready and more:

The Silhouette Cameo 3 has new touch screen including bluetooth and lots of built in storage.

Added Storage

Silhouette America has built in a lot of storage space in the new Cameo 3 machine.

The new Cameo 3 has a long skinny tray area at the top of the machine, above the cutting deck.  You can fit up to 10 sketch pens in here, or store your extra blades, tools, ruler, xacto knife or anything else you want to store.  It is covered when you close the lid:

The Silhouette Cameo 3 has a built in storage tray along the top of the machine. This storage tray is large enough to hold up to 10 Silhouette sketch pens. It can also hold your ruler, replacement blades xacto knife or more!

Silhouette has also added in storage on the left of the machine to house 2 blades or sketch pens as well:

The Silhouette Cameo 3 has built in blade storage on the side of the machine.

Finally, they added a pull out storage drawer in the bottom front of the machine.  This drawer has two compartments, one to hold your cross cutter tool and the other is large enough to hold tools like your Silhouette hook tool, Silhouette spatula, Quick Pick Up Tool or maybe even writing utensils or small scissors:

The Silhouette Cameo 3 has a built in, pull out storage tray. This tray can hold your cross cutter and your tools such as the Silhouette hook tool, Silhouette spatula and more.

The storage tray also had two fold out support bars.  This helps support your mat more when cutting longer designs.  The extra support will help keep your materials from releasing from the mat when cutting:

The pull out storage tray on the Cameo 3 machine has built in support bars to help support the weight of longer materials. This helps the materials from popping off the cutting mat while cutting. They fold right back into the storage tray when not in use.

Dual Carriage

Silhouette has changed the tool carriage as well to be a dual carriage.  This means you can do two things at once:

The Silhouette Cameo 3 plotter has dual carriages. This will allow you to do two things at once. Making a card? Have one side cut your card out and the other kiss cut. Draw and cut all at the same time. This helps cut down on your production time!

Making a card?  Have one side cut the shape of you card and the other score.  Want to draw and cut?  Load one side with a cutting blade and the other with a sketch pen!  This really helps cut down on production time.

The carriage has some improvements as well.   With a new pull/push locking mechanism (instead of the old turn knob), the carriage holds the tools with a tighter grip.  A mark on the carriage will show when it is in the locked position as well:

The new carriage on the 2016 Cameo 3 machine has a push/pull locking mechanism on the machine. Simply pop in your tool and push the holder in. The new carriage will hold your tools tighter.

Self Adjusting Blade

Silhouette has released a new self adjusting blade that comes included with the Cameo 3 machine.  This blade will adjust itself based off the material it’s cutting.  The Silhouette Cameo 3 can also use the standard blade, the deep cut blade, the premium blade and this new self adjusting blade:

The Silhouette Cameo 3 has a new self adjusting blade. Set up the material you are using in the program and the Cameo 3 will adjust this blade to match!

The self adjusting blade fits into the left hand slot on the dual carriage.  Once the cut job has been sent to the machine, the carriage will go all the way over to the left of the machine where there are some holes in the base.  The self-adjusting blade will use the holes/slots in the base of the machine and tap up and down to adjust the blade:

The self adjusting Cameo cutting blade will use the little slots in the back of the cutting deck to adjust itself. The regular cutting blade, deep cut and premium cutting blades can be adjusted with the built in blade adjusting hole as well.

The deck of the Silhouette Cameo 3 also includes a blade adjusting hole.  Just pop your regular blade, deep cut blade or premium blade into this hole and turn your blade to the needed length.

Roller Bar Updates

The roller bars on the Silhouette Cameo 3 are even easier to adjust.  With a simple twist, you can adjust these to fit the size of your mat or material.  When unlocked, the roller bar becomes a slide and you can slide it over to the next position and lock them back into place:
The Silhouette Cameo 3 has new roller bars. These are easier to adjust with a quick twist to unlock the rollers. Once unlocked, the bars become sliders so you can slide them to adjust the set width. Once you have them in place, simply twist to lock them in place again.

A simple twist and you can slide the Cameo 3 plotter rolling bars however far apart you'd like to move them.

The right side of the roller bar is raised with a simple flip of the lever on the side of the machine to help move the roller bars:

Use the lever on the side of the Cameo 3 machine to move the roller bar up and down. This allows you to adjust the rollers.

Touch Screen

The Cameo 3 sports a touch screen with some notable changes over the previous model.  Instead of “Load Mat” or “Load Media,” the Cameo 3 touch screen interface has been simplified to just two buttons: “Load” and “Unload.”  If, in the software, your project has a cutting mat, the machine will automatically load cutting mat.  If your project does not have a cutting mat in the software, the machine will automatically load media.  This will help simplify things, reducing potential cutting errors:

The new Silhouette Cameo 3 has a simplified touch screen interface. With just two load buttons, load and unload, the machine will decide if it needs to load cutting mat or load media, based on the settings in the file it is cutting.

The touch screen also now has built in speakers.  When you press the buttons on the touch screen, you will hear a click noise and to tell you what you are doing:The Silhouette Cameo 3 now comes with built in speakers. Each time you press a button on the machine, it will make a clicking noise and tell you what you are doing.


Bluetooth Ready

The Silhouette Cameo 3 is now Bluetooth ready!  This means you can cut wirelessly 

NOTE: Silhouette America must release Silhouette Studio 4.0 before it will connect reliably using Bluetooth.  They are expecting to release SS4 in the fall.  Find more about the Bluetooth here: Where the Bluetooth Dongle is, and how to remove it

The Silhouette Cameo 3 is bluetooth ready! Take your crafting wireless!

Cross Cutter and Cord Keeper

The back of the Cameo 3 still sports the cross cutter channel and includes a cross cutter tool.  They have also added in a channel beneath the machine to run your cord, to help keep everything organized (sorry, not the greatest photo!):

The back of the Silhouette 3 has a cross cutting channel to help cut your vinyl cleanly. There is also a built in channel to run your cord to keep everything organized.

Other Improvements

The Cameo 3 has a bit of a change in appearance to give it a sleek new look that is visually appealing:

Silhouette Cameo 3 New 2016

The machine also has a 2 mm clearance so you can cut thicker materials.  This allows you to use the Deep Cut blade with the machine and cut thicker materials such as fun foam!

Finally, the Silhouette Cameo 3 is also able to stipple using the stippling tool, a marker or even a pen.

Here is a full video walking through the new machine!

Silhouette Cameo 3 Video Tour


The Silhouette Cameo 3 was released AUGUST 1 2016!  Order it here: Silhouette Cameo 3 Bundles

Share your thoughts below!



42 Replies to “Introducing the Silhouette Cameo 3!”

  1. The video for Cameo 3 says you can do stippling. The DE software says Curio is required to do that function. Is the video in error?????

    Susan Smyers says:
    1. I can look into that more for you Susan. Are you running DE or DE+?

      Kala says:
  2. Have you cut the thicker materials yet? I am specifically interested in chipboard and fun foam. Would love to have a video on those materials

    Holly says:
    1. I have cut both fun foam and chipboard with the Cameo 1 so I am confident that the Cameo 3 will be able to do it without a problem too! The only drawback with the fun foam was that the original Cameo roller bars left tracks on the foam. With the improved rollers on the Cameo 3 and the ability to move the roller bar over, you should be able to cut fun foam without leaving tracks.

      Kala says:
  3. I currently have a newer desk top computer but where I live we do not have any internet access other then on my cell phone, am I able to use this without Internet connection in my home? Can it work with my iPhone?

    Ashley says:
    1. Hi Ashley!
      Yes, you can still work with your Silhouette without internet connection. You can also use your phone as a hotspot to work with your machine as well, if you wanted to download designs or anything like that. I hope this helps.


      Kala says:
        1. I’m not sure when the international retailers will have the machine available, but we do ship to Sweden. You can pick your machine from here:

          Kala says:
  4. My question is…can you SAVE a file in SVG format with the new Cameo 3???

    Linda Holtkort says:
    1. From what I can see, you can’t directly save a file as a SVG in Silhouette Studio 4, but they have not released the final version of the software yet, so it’s still a possibility! Here’s hoping!

      Kala says:
  5. So, if we pre order the silhouette 3 now, how will we get a bundle choice??

    Redina Nettles says:
    1. The Cameo 3 is not available for preorder right now. We should have them available for purchase on August 1st, 2016, and the bundles will be available to choose from at that time.

      Kala says:
  6. Can the cameo 3 use svg files or are you only limited to what the studio has?

    Shelayn Mettert says:
    1. To use SVG files you would need to upgrade to Designer Edition or Designer Edition Plus.

      Kala says:
  7. I heard they are changing the software. Is that true? Is the software change for only the new cameo or for all silhouette machines?

    Laurie says:
    1. Hi Laurie,
      Yes, Silhouette America will be releasing Silhouette Studio 4 when the Cameo 3 is released. The update is necessary as the Cameo 3 has some changes that will need to be reflected in the software (like the dual carriage). It would be an update for all machines, though if you have an older version of the machine, you just wouldn’t be able to utilize the newer features.


      Kala says:
  8. What is the cost going to be compared to the silhouette cameo

    carlene moore says:

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