What is a Silhouette?

The Silhouette is an electronic cutting and drawing machine. Designs created on a computer using Silhouette Studio can be cut or drawn onto material such as paper, cardstock, vinyl, and fabric.

Silhouette Machine

What can I do?

The Silhouette can be used to create signs, custom t-shirts, greeting cards, and so much more!

What does the Makerspace provide?

  • Silhouette Cameo 3
  • Silhouette Cameo 4
  • 12"x12" cutting mats (light grip, standard grip, strong grip)
  • ratchet blade
  • kraft blade
  • deep cut blade
  • weeding tools
  • pen holder
  • heat press with teflon sheets

How can I use it?

If you would like to set up a 1 on 1 appointment to learn how to use the Silhouette, follow the steps below:

  • Call the Makerspace at 847-458-6060 option 7 to set up a one hour appointment.
  • Let us know if you will be bringing your own laptop or if you would like us to provide one for you. If choosing to bring your own laptop, download the Silhouette Studio software on your computer before your appointment.

If you are already familiar with using a Silhouette, give us a call and set up a time to reserve the machine!

What materials can I use?

You may provide your own material for use with the Silhouette as approved by Makerspace Staff. The Makerspace also sells some material for purchase. View the price list.

Material must fit on a 12"x12" cutting mat.

Common materials include:

  • paper
  • cardstock
  • vinyl
  • heat transfer vinyl
  • infusible ink transfer sheets
  • pens and markers
  • fabric

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