OK, I know, you're wondering what's up with me today! Nothing for days and now 3 new posts on the same day! Like I said, things are changing in 2010!
I recently came across this new electronic die cutting machine and I am really excited to get this one! As you may know I first got the Cricket and sold that and got the Silhouette by QucKutz. However, I'm not a big fan of it either. I hate the idea of sticky mats and having to play with the pressure depending on the thickness of the paper and the price and size of the Cricut cartridges are a real turnoff for me. I did get a Slice and I have gotten most of the cartridges for it! I actually like the Slice's portability. However I am again at the mercy of proprietary software. I can only buy MM Slice cards to use in the Slice.
All that said, this new cutter, does not use sticky mats, it uses a paper tray and you can use any true font on your computer to create words either directly by connecting the eCraft via a USB port or by transfering the image to an SD card and popping it into the card slot in the cutter. It can print using 12 inch by any length paper, using a roll which allows you to print long banners! The eCraft also regulates the pressure needed to cut different medium, paper, cardstock, grunge paper, etc automatically. It also draws and cuts without the machine having to stop as it holds both the cutting blade and the drawing pens simultaneously. It will first draw the image and then cut it out! Watch this video and do let me know what you think!
Truly looks like Craftwell USA has solved a number of the problems of the first generation cutters. And the colored ones are really cute! BTW, I hear that they will cost between $199 and $300 and the pre-loaded cards will sell for around $30. Not too bad...