Brother ScanNCut Vs Silhouette Cameo 3

Using scissors or a hobby knife are meticulous and time consuming so if you hate this step as well when making paper art, Brother ScanNCut Vs Silhouette Cameo 3 will be two ideal machines to have in the house. These are the friends of crafters with an ability to cut based on your design but, they may also offer something more. If you wonder which of them will be the better option, do check what these machines can offer and decide for yourself.

In this article, we are going to give you information about:

  • What are Vinyl Cutter
  • How to Use a Vinyl Cutter
  • What are Brother ScanNCut and Silhouette Cameo 3
  • What Brother ScanNCut and Silhouette Cameo 3 Look Like
  • How are the Cutting Force of Brother ScanNCut and Silhouette Cameo 3
  • What else Brother ScanNCut and Silhouette Cameo 3 can offer
  • How are the Performance of Brother ScanNCut and Silhouette Cameo 3
  • Brother ScanNCut Vs Silhouette Cameo 3

Vinyl Cutter

Having a hobby is great as you can use this as an escape from the typical daily activity we have to do almost everyday and having a productive hobby is even better because you can make things with them or make things happen. Some people may like sports like weight lifting or mountain biking that are great for body and mind while some of us love creating stuff that we can use or put on applications such as making paper and fabric arts.

Crafting is fun because you get to make something from scratch and this can help you financially as well if you decide to do it professionally. For those who are loving the idea of crafting especially with thin sheets of papers or materials, a machine that we do think will benefit you so much is a vinyl cutter. We are sure most people have heard of this machine before but may wonder what they can offer and as the name suggests, they can cut materials.

 Brother ScanNCut Silhouette Cameo 3
Product Dimensions23.25 x 11 x 11 inches22.5 x 8.5 x 6 inches
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The example application of vinyl cutters is making sign boards. Just find a material with heat-resisting property and permanent adhesive then load your design and feed a material to the machine. They will do the cutting so what left is only sticking it to the board. If you are working in an educational field then we can print and cut various informative yet fun-looking characters to help children learn something such as multiplication charts, day and month names, numbers, country map, alphabet, etc.

Cutting with Vinyl Cutter

While the machine name “vinyl cutter” can be intimidating for some, they are not that difficult to operate. Chances are the machine will be paired with a software from the manufacturer but the working mechanism of these machines are the same to each other. The software is where you can load the design, scanning, making, or downloading it then recognizing the cutting machine. This can be installed on the computer, in your smart device, or on the machine itself.

We then can feed a material in the machine; in most cases they have a mat as well that the machine recognizes and acts as a base to stick thin material on. The machine is receiving command from the smart device and the blade or pen inside that we have installed. This blade or pen will follow the designer software and either cutting or drawing and plotting the material. After they are done, the machine can eject the material and now we are left with the finished product whether it is a sticker or a drawing of something.

About Brother ScanNCut and Silhouette Cameo 3

Chances are they are going to be very easy to work with just like a regular printer that you already have for long. What’s more confusing is probably when it comes to choosing which machine to go for because there are so many of them out there and not all of us are going to try every machine in the market. What we recommend is to stick with popular options or shop based on what you need from the machine such as what to cut or what additional functions need to exist.

Among other typical brands that we often see being the favorite of many crafters, Brother and Silhouette are probably the two most talked about and it is for good reasons. These brands are very popular with their line of cutting machines that are not only helping crafters to lift some of the weight from their shoulders but also offer good machines they can rely on too. They also have many to choose from based on what fits you the most.

For those who want a very capable machine, Brother ScanNCut and Silhouette Cameo 3 are two ideal choices that we are sure will work amazingly in your working room. These machines are very special in our opinion because they are not only able to cut but also allow you to be as creative as possible with their additional feature which is probably why they are often compared to each other. We have talked about the big brother Cameo 4 in Brother ScanNCut Vs Silhouette Cameo 4 here and today it’s the little brother’s turn.

Overall the capabilities of Cameo 3 is pretty much the same as the Cameo 4 but the latter is much more reliable especially if you are dealing with various types of materials. The Cameo 3 is actually more comparable to the ScanNCut because they are on the same level. However, we also think that they are equally reliable so if the type of material they will handle will be mostly papers then any of these machines will be wonderful.

Brother ScanNCut and Silhouette Cameo 3 Design

Just like most vinyl cutters out there, what you will meet is a boxy machine that is looking like a regular paper printer made mostly from plastic. The housing of these machines are very simple but with the assumption we won’t be transporting them a lot so they should be able to last for a very long time. The cutter has a typical housing and an opening front panel that when opened will expose a cutting room with the cutting tools or clamp where you can attach the blade.

What’s unique is ScanNCut also incorporates a small computer on the machine and it gives a small LCD touch screen which is used to operate the machine so even without a software in a smart device or computer, we can still operate it. Similarly, on the other hand there is a touch screen panel in Cameo 3 as well when you open the lid so we can use this machine on its own too when you don’t want to connect it to another device.

Brother ScanNCut and Silhouette Cameo 3 Cutting Force

Moving further, what’s important in a cutting machine is the cutting ability itself and first we want to mention how reliable these machines are to handle various different materials yet, the Brother ScanNCut and Silhouette Cameo 3 are not made to carry such a heavy job. The Cameo 4 has a wonderful force of 5000 grams but this little brother can only provide 210 gram of force. As for the ScanNCut, this machine is said to deliver a force of 350 grams.

The maximum cutting area of these machines are pretty much the same which can offer up to 12 inches by 24 inches when using the optional mat they provide but when using the material onlyf, Brother can cut up to 12 by 12 inches larger than Silhouette at 12 by 10 inches.

Brother ScanNCut and Silhouette Cameo 3 Features

The next part we want to talk about is their additional feature and this is about their ability of scanning your design. What’s so different is Brother is a scanner itself so what you need to do is load the design in the machine and its scanner will detect then capture the drawing or picture. We can work with this design right on the paper itself or loading a new one to cut or draw, depending on what you need to do. For Cameo 3, what scans the picture is your smartphone’s camera.

We must use the PixScan mat here below the paper or picture so the software can detect it and then we can manipulate it as well right in the software. We can load the material on the cutter and it will follow what the software tells it to do.

Brother ScanNCut and Silhouette Cameo 3 Performance 

The last part is their performance and in this area both Brother ScanNCut and Silhouette Cameo 3 are actually working really well. They may need some learning effort especially on the software but we can always spare some time for it and in terms of reliability they can handle most paper arts we often make such as cards and decoration but Brother have more speed adjustment when handling thinner papers yet they are only capable of cutting materials up to 2mm thick and the thicker the paper, the slower we should set the machine.

Brother ScanNCut Vs Silhouette Cameo 3

These machines are amazing for crafters who are looking for best convenience because they can work well in many typical paper crafts we often do at home. They are however a bit different on the scanning mechanism as Brother offers a scanner in the machine itself but, this model is only carrying one clamp thus, we have to change it every time moving from cutting to draw and vice versa.

- CREATE RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX: The CM350E electronic cutting machine gives you the option to work directly on your machine with the 631 built-in designs and easy-to-use editing tools on the 4.85" touchscreen LCD display . No PC or mobile device required
- SCAN DRAWINGS: The 300dpi built in scanner allows you to scan your drawing to convert it to a one-of-a-kind cut file, directly cut printed stickers, and precisely place designs without counting blocks
- STUNNING DIY PROJECTS: Craft with 631 built-in designs, including 100 quilt designs and 7 lettering fonts. Add your own SVG design files and additional free patterns via a free CanvasWorkspace account using the USB port and wireless capability
- CUTS UP TO 2 millimeter THICKNESS: The Brother Home Electronic Cutting Machine effortlessly cuts materials up to 2 millimeter thick such as paper, vinyl, fabric and foam
- Cuts a variety of material including vinyl, paper, cardstock, fabric, and other materials up to 12 inches wide and 10 feet long.
- Use the powerful Silhouette Studio design software to create your projects. Features Bluetooth technology for wireless cutting or plugs into your home computer.
- Features a dual-carriage for multi-tool use and a higher 2 mm clearance to cut thicker materials. Is compatible with Print & Cut and PixScan technology.
- Is the only Silhouette compatible with the self-adjusting AutoBlade.


You can go well with just any of them because there is no bad option between the two but, if we have to choose then we will go with ScanNCut here as it provides slightly more force and just overall more convenient when you need to cut from printed design.

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