Product Announcement: Silhouette Alta®
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Product Announcement: Silhouette Alta®

It’s here. Introducing the Silhouette Alta®, Silhouette’s first 3D printing machine. Create custom objects in the Silhouette 3D® software and print 3D versions of those objects with the Alta machine. This machine is designed to take your creativity to a whole new dimension!

What is 3D printing?

3D printing is the process of creating a physical 3D object from a digital model. The digital model is prepared for 3D printing through a process called slicing, where the software breaks down the printing process by each layer. When the slicing process is done, the software sends the information to the 3D printer, which prints one thin layer of melted filament at a time. When the filament has cooled down, the 3D object is complete.

Why should you consider the Silhouette Alta®?

The Silhouette Alta® is competitively priced at $299.99, comes preassembled, precalibrated, and ready to plug and play right out of the box. That means you can start playing with the Silhouette Alta® and printing unique 3D objects right away.

Included with the purchase of the Silhouette Alta®, you also get the Silhouette 3D® software to customize and prepare your 3D design to print. This software is unique because it’s a one-stop shop; you can design and slice your objects and send the printing instructions to the 3D printer all through Silhouette 3D®. This is a game changer! Many 3D printing systems don’t allow you to design and slice within a single software experience.

Features of Silhouette Alta®

  • Comes precalibrated and preassembled
  • Can print custom 3D designs
  • Comes with its own 3D printing software, Silhouette 3D®
  • Allows you to adjust your print settings depending on the project
    • Prints at fast and slow speeds
    • Prints at low and high temperatures
    • Prints up to 120 mm tall and 116 mm wide
  • Allows you to build your own 3D designs with Silhouette Snap Kits
  • Prints objects with any 1.75 mm PLA filament
  • Prints Silhouette 3D® files as well as third-party files (.STL and .OBJ formats)

How does it work?

Insert the end of the filament through the filament hose and feeder at the top of the machine. Open your design in Silhouette 3D® and select your print settings. Select “Slice” and the software will then determine the layers to print. When you are ready to print your design and your machine has heated up the plastic filament to the indicated temperature, the Alta will begin printing your object. When the machine is done printing and the filament has cooled, you’ll have your 3D object.

What are important supplies for 3D printing?

While the Silhouette Alta® will work with any 1.75 mm PLA filament, Silhouette is selling rolls of 500 grams of filament in seven different colors: black, blue, green, pink, red, white, and yellow. You can create hundreds of shapes with just one roll.

Included in the Alta box will be sheets of platform tape that you will apply to the build plate of the Alta. This tape is important because it prevents your designs from sticking to the platform, thus making your objects easier to remove and extending the life of your build plate.

How to Buy

You’ll be able to preorder the Silhouette Alta®, filament, and other machine accessories very soon. Keep checking back on our website and social media channels. The Alta machine is expected to ship out at the beginning of June!



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  1. WANT

  2. Shut up and take my money. Where is the preorder!?

  3. When will the Alta be available in UK, how much will it be and how much will shipping be? So excited!!!!x

  4. Where can one look at the software for the 3D designing. It’s nice Silhouette America came out with it’s own 3D printer, but if the software is not robust enough, it won’t be worth $300. Most libraries have 3D printers. Will an individual be able to design in the software and export the design to be used in a larger printer? Will the software be able to design a freestanding object within another object such as a whistle?

    I am seeing a lot of buzz from at home mothers who are excited about being able to purchase a 3D printer, but have no experience in designing in 3D. Have they been told how long it will take to make one design and have it printed? Most people do not realize just how long it takes to have something 3D printed.

    Also what is the failure rate of the printer? I have worked in the mechanical design group of a private college. We had top of the line 3D printers that were constantly breaking down. I haven’t been able to find information on the web regarding these questions and feel he lack of communication disappointing.

    I love my Cameo and the Designing software allows me to make 3D paper houses, vases and other objects. I am trying to complete lesson plans to use in teaching young girls (and boys) that math makes things at my local library. I will be utilizing my Cameo extensively in this venture.

    1. Couldn’t agree more. It’s a very promising announcement, but we need a lot more detail to make an informed decision. Specs, please!

  5. WOW! I saw this yesterday on Instagram and was blown away! 🙂

  6. That is super cool!!! We have been looking at 3D printers for a while… love that Silhouette is coming out with one!

  7. This is actually pretty cool

  8. hi i am inetestd in the now Introducing the Silhouette Alta® and oh do i get one from and oh much is one

    1. The price is $299.99 USD and will start shipping the end of June.

      1. Now its the end of June? It said beginning of June??

        1. The information I was given said the end of June. Silhouette can correct me if I’m wrong. 🙂

  9. So exciting!

  10. $299 suggests a low-end machine, single extruder, non-heated bed, and at best 100um layer height. This isn’t appealing enough being that I already have a MAKEiT PRO-L ($4500) and Mass Portal Pharaoh XD30 ($7000) with 3D CAD software and Simplify3D (one of the best slicers available). The Alta seems targeted for people who have never 3D printed before and an introductory machine. Silhouette, I’d pay for a multi-extruder printer with 10um layer height and larger build volume, but this machine is a lot less than what I’ve already got. How about a SLA printer in the future?

  11. Does this support multi color designs?

  12. I cannot wait!!! I am super excited! I made my own 3D Printer a few years back for a lot more than $300. I have had great experience with Silhouette Machines (I own each of the models) and I am super excited to see what they have achieved with the Alta. In fact, I can’t stop talking about the possibilities!

  13. Hi there, Wolldecke it be possible to explain how a Silhouette Studio file Van bei Converter into a 3D file? Trank you, with best regeres from Germany, sabine

    1. Hi Sabine. In the Silhouette 3D™ software, you have access to your cloud library that’s shared with Silhouette Studio®. When you try to open a regular Silhouette cut file in Silhouette 3D™, it lets you choose how to import it (such as extrusion, cookie cutter, jewelry box, stencil, etc.) and automatically converts it for you. Obviously not all your regular files will be appropriate as 3D files, but many of them will work just fine. I hope that helps!

  14. in the box, there is an extra cable – what’s it for??

  15. Will there be a instructional video soon on how to create multi color designs?

    1. Yes soon!

  16. Hello is it 50 60 hz? What voltage? Thanks

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