Jul 14., 2018 / Cutter Software, Scan N Cut
Why You Might Need a Brother Scan N Cut
Unique Features of the Scan N Cut
Here are some reasons why you might need a Scan N Cut electronic cutter. It has a built in wide format scanner. The scanner allows it to cut around stamped or printed images. No computer or Internet connection is necessary. Scraps can be used efficiently. It can fill fonts with solid or patterned fills to be drawn or embossed. Free design software is available for download to your computer. You can use your SVG file collection with this machine.
Wide Format Scanner Built into the Scan N Cut
Do you need a wide format scanner? If you do, then the Brother Scan N Cut 2 might be for you. With it you can scan a full 12″x12″ image, save to a USB thumb drive in JPG format in up to 300 DPI resolution. Wide format scanners can be extremely expensive. This wide format scanning feature alone makes the purchase of a Brother Scan N Cut a worthy investment. The built in scanner in the Brother Scan N Cut machine allows you to scan a design into the machine, and then have the machine cut around the printed design. The machine knows exactly where your images are on the mat to create a perfect cut. This is a great option for scrapbookers who create layouts in up to 12″x 12″ size, as they can scan their completed pages and share them with others online or even have copies printed.
Cutting Scraps with the Background Scans
The background scanning feature is genius. You can put your different colored scraps down on the mat. Then do a background scan . Finally, place your cutting designs exactly where you want them to cut. There is no guessing about where the shapes will be cut. You can make use of even the tiniest of scraps without worrying about where to place the designs on the screen.
Cut Around Stamped or Printed Images
You can stamp an image with a rubber stamp, scan it into your Brother Scan N Cut, and the machine will cut around the stamped image. No additional software is necessary. This is a great option if you want to select the Direct Cut method on the machine to cut around the outside of the stamped shape. Quick and easy. You will need to play a bit more to master the machine’s more advanced Scan to Date option.
No Computer or Internet Necessary for Using the Scan N Cut
The Brother Scan N Cut can operate fully independent of a computer. There is with no need of expensive cartridges. With the addition of the optional wireless card, you can connect from the free Canvas software on your computer to your Brother Scan N Cut. This machine is an excellent option for those who do not have ready access to high speed Internet service. It can be operated without a computer, and without Internet service.
There are hundreds of cutting designs built in to the machine, ready to edit and cut. There are also hundreds of free cutting projects posted online at the Brother site that can be saved to a thumb drive. Then you can cut them on this machine. My grandchildren preferred this machine over all the others in my studio. I worked on my computer and cut to my Pazzles or Cricut Maker, and they were very content to cut their projects on my Scan N Cut without help. By the way, they are ages 11, 9, and 7.
Free Design Software
The Brother Scan N Cut can use SVG files created in the free Canvas Workspace software, or any other software that provides an SVG file export. SVG files can be opened in the Canvas Workspace software and saved in FCM format, or it can be sent directly to the Brother Scan N Cut machine to cut, via the wireless connection. Or you can save your SVG and FCM cutting files on a USB thumb drive, and plug it directly into the machine’s USB port. The built in software allows you to load the design, edit it to the perfect size, and cut the design.
Drawing with Pens and Fills
Another unique feature of the Brother Scan N Cut is the option to draw text or a shape with a pen or embossing tool and fill it automatically with a solid fill or design. This can be done with software on other cutters, but this feature is actually built in to the Brother Scan N Cut machine.
SVG File Compatibility
The Brother Scan N Cut is compatible with third party software. Vector art programs such as Illustrator, CorelDraw, Inkscape, Sure Cuts A Lot, Make The Cut, Pazzles InVue, Silhouette Studio, Funtime Scrapbooking, and others that can be used to create SVG files that can be cut on this machine.
Amazing Cutting Pressure for Heavy Media
In addition to its unique features, the Brother Scan N Cut boasts cutting specifications that rival top-of-the-line cutters in the home crafting market place. At the same time, its price is comparable to entry level cutters. Its 1250 grams of cutting pressure is exceeded only by a couple of other more expensive cutters in the home crafting cutter marketplace. With this pressure, it can cut through most any media up to 1.5mm in thickness.
Hints to Get Started with the Scan N Cut
Protect your Mat
Since the Scan N Cut is a heavy duty cutter, it can cut straight through your cutting mat. The mats are expensive. So spare yourself some agony and expense by setting your cutting pressure to -1, and don’t change it. Change the blade depth instead.
After you order
Check this document while you wait for your machine to arrive. Find a home for it.
Go to the Brother site. Download all of the documents pertinent to the Scan N Cut. There is one chart in the manual that I referred to constantly. It includes suggested blade settings for a variety of different media. I printed a copy of it and attached it to my machine for quick reference.
Browse through the hundreds of free cutting projects at the Canvas Workspace site. Download the ones you like. There are new free projects posted there regularly.
Once your machine arrives, do some test cuts.
Go for it!
If you need a wide format scanner, an electronic cutter that does not require the use of a computer or the Internet, or a powerful craft cutting machine at an affordable price, the Brother Scan N Cut may be for you! Once you get your Scan N Cut, be sure to try cutting some of the projects included in our Free Resource Library.
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Nikki / September 6, 2020., 6:12 am
Can I Bluetooth files from my iPhone or iPad to the scan and cut
craftymusician / September 6, 2020., 6:35 pm
I don't think that Scan N Cut works with a bluetooth connection. You can save files to a USB thumb drive and plug directly into the machine for cutting, or connect via the software using wifi, or connect directly to the machine via USB cable.
Rita Hiller / October 14, 2020., 1:30 am
Julie - Thanks for your - always excellent - tips. Recently my scan N cut has started ripping thinner cardstock and moving thicker ones despite having a new blade and using a new mat. I used it - like I've always done on the automatic setting with the auto blade. Are you suggesting we should put the cutting pressure on -1 and adjust the cutting pressure for everything? Would that maybe solve the problem? If so can I still use the automatic blade holder or should I change that too? Or, does my machine need some kind of repair as I didn't used to have this problem and I can't think of anything I suddenly do differently? Thanks for any help!
craftymusician / October 14, 2020., 4:10 pm
I leave my pressure on -1 and adjust the bade depth. When using the auto blade feature, I do test cuts to determine if I need to reduce pressure. It is possible that your ripping may be due to the blade being extended too far or too much pressure . My DX 225 is cutting fine with the autoblade, once I reduced the pressure. You might need to reduce the pressure much more. It would be good to do some small test cuts to determine which setting s are best for your particular environment and media.