One of the newest features of Curio is its unique use of platforms. By raising the bar inside the machine, Curio users can feed through new medias like canvas, metal, or wood. And all of this is possible without sacrificing the cutting capabilities.
In order to make Curio more versatile, there have been a few adjustments made to the mat technology. The new 5 mm height of Curio’s bar allows for thicker medias, but this also means that there is a large space between thinner medias and the cutting blade. Curio solves this problem by using removable platforms that you can connect to the base. The platforms add just the right amount of height to bring your media into alignment with the carriage and blade.
If you don’t have the correct platforms in place, you might find yourself getting frustrated when your Curio doesn’t cut. Here’s how to cut down on the frustration and make sure that your experience with Curio is as precise as our cutting machines.
How to Use Curio’s Platforms
The platforms included with Curio are made of a sturdy synthetic material. The platforms raise thinner medias, like cardstock or sticker paper, up to the carriage. In order for the tools to work at the right depth, the height of your media must always equal 5 mm.
There are two types of platforms included with your Curio, Platform 1 and Platform 2. Platform 1 has a thickness of 1 mm and Platform 2 has a thickness of 2 mm. Telling the difference between the two is really simple, as Platform 2 is noticeably thicker than Platform 1.
Let’s say that you’re cutting cardstock using Curio. Because the cardstock is significantly thinner than wood or canvas, you have to use the platform as fillers to make up the difference. In this case, you’d use two of the 2 mm platforms and a cutting mat. The cutting mat is mounted on a 1 mm platform. All together 2 mm + 2 mm + 1 mm = 5 mm.
If you’re not a math person, it might seem daunting to calculate the correct number of platforms. To cut down on the stress, Silhouette Studio® does the calculating for you. All you have to do is choose your media on your computer and Silhouette Studio® tells you how many of each platform you need.
How Curio’s Platforms Work with the Base
The 8.5 in. x 6 in. base is included with your Curio. There are two plastic snaps on either side used to hold the platforms in place. This hard base ensures that stiffer medias like wood or metal are not bent or warped when they are fed through the machine. This reduces slippage between the media and the machine.
The hard base uses a precision loading system that loads the mat the same way every time. This feature, unique to the Curio, allows you to pause your cut job and inspect it. When you’re ready to resume your cut job, feed the hard base back into the machine. Curio picks up right where it left off.
Now that more medias are available to you, what kind of projects are you most excited to start?