A New Scan N Cut Experience Is Coming

September 8, 2018 — 29 Comments

As you know I tend to try and keep abreast of all things Scan N Cut so I have been eager to find out more about the Scan N Cut DX which launches in the US next week.

Whilst I still haven’t got my hands on the new machine, nor been able to pin down a launch date for other areas of the world, I have been able to do a bit of research into what’s new and compile a list of information and resources that may be of interest to those that are waiting to see what’s new.

First, here is what it looks like.

Quite different from previous models. New blades and new mats too.

Now, as far as I can see there is a range of fundamental differences between this new DX model and the existing CM and DC models. I will try and share as much as I know.

Some of these new features really do make sense to me, some not so much. This post isn’t intended to support or deride the machine though, instead, it is intended to share my initial thoughts and give you the information with which to make your own.

It does assume that you already have a Scan N Cut as I am only listing the new features and talking about the upcoming model. If you would like to know more about the current versions, I would suggest you check out the Brother Scan N Cut website, or the Create and Craft TV website.

One more thing to note, this machine has been launched alongside a new all singing all dancing embroidery machine. This, therefore, explains a number of things regarding its full name, including the Innovis tag. I won’t go into all of that here though as it’s mostly irrelevant branding stuff.

Ok, onto the new features of the new model(s).


It’s Bigger

This model is MUCH bigger than all previous models.

Here is a side by side comparison screenshot from Julie Fei Fan Balzer’s video {link at the end of this blog post}. The machine at the bottom is the CM900. The new machine is both wider and deeper.

Redesigned Interface

Whilst many of the screens will seem familiar, a lot of the icons, and some of the processes have had a little makeover. Can’t imagine it will stump a new user as it will all be new, however, existing users that intend to change their machine out for this new one might have to have a little look around to find things that they previously went to automatically.

Direct Transfer from Canvas Workspace

As some of you will have seen with the recent update, you will now be able to send files for cutting directly from Canvas Workspace desktop version to your machine via a USB cable.

Blade Sensor Technology with Auto Blade

Probably the most anticipated new feature and biggest change to the Scan N Cut experience is the Blade Sensor Technology with Auto Blade which is reported to detect the height (thickness) of the material placed on a ScanNCut DX compatible mat. Apparently, this removes the need for the user to fiddle about with depth settings. It does however still need a test cut to find the right pressure. I have also read that there is also a setting to select half cut – or kiss cut – for cutting the top layer of vinyl and not the backing.

Thicker Cutting Capabilities

Again, as a result of the new Auto Blade, the new machine also cuts materials up to 3mm in thickness, rather than the previous 2mm. Note however that when this is referenced it refers to craft foam and felt. No mention of denser materials like plastics or wood.

From various videos, I also note that it cuts thicker materials by cutting in incremental stages. So basically it cuts 1mm in one pass. 2mm thick and it will cut the outline twice and finally if the material is 3mm thick it will perform 3 cuts. It is, therefore, cutting in stages in order to be able to get through that material.

New Saving Options

It appears that we will be able to save as Cut, Draw, Foil or Emboss data with this new machine.

Not entirely sure what the difference is beyond cut/draw as we have been able to use cut/draw patterns to foil and emboss however I am sure there must be a reason … ?

Quicker and Quieter

I hear that the new DX machine cuts quicker and quieter than previous models. This for me wasn’t an issue, unless I had ten going all at once in a workshop, lol.

Scanner Height Position Lever

The ScanNCut DX machine has 2 interchangeable positions for the built-in scanner. Position 1 is used when scanning thin materials, such as photographs, for a better quality scan. Position 2 is used to scan thicker materials such as 3mm foam and for typical cutting and drawing.

Built-in Storage and More

The ScanNCut DX machine has storage for blades, touch pen, and other tools right inside a little section of the redesigned front cover which can also act as a work surface, unlike the CM models.

I see that there is also a pull-out platform at the back to help support the mat as it comes out of the back of the machine. It doesn’t look huge in the picture so am unsure how effective it will be but perhaps that, in conjunction with the new front platform, will keep the mat flatter for longer.

Up to 600 DPI for Scan to USB

We’ve seen the scanning feature since day 1 of the Scan N Cut, however, there have been two changes made to the new DX model.

First, the scan to USB quality has been upgraded from 300DPI to 600DPI, giving clearer results on scanned documents.

The second is that there is a two position scanning bed mentioned above.

Built-In Patterns

Whilst a lot of the original designs are included, a range of new appliqué patterns and 3-D paper patterns have been included. Check out the pattern list link later in this post to see the designs.

Most videos that I have watched declare 1300 built-in designs. I believe that this relates to the DX225 model whereas the DX125 has 600+ designs.

Single Line Font

Brother has included a single line ‘font’ set.

As I have previously explained before, it is impossible for a single line font to exist and so these are actually provided as individual patterns that you will have to load one by one. This is how the applique letters work in existing models.

Check out the pattern list link at the end of this post to see what’s included.

New Font Styles

While I’m talking about fonts, there are some new styles included in the new machine.

These, I guess, will have been included for those that simply don’t want to use Canvas Workspace which allows you to use any true type font.

Check out the pattern list link at the end of this post to see what’s included.

On-Screen Editing (Sold Separately)

Wait, what? Sold separately?!

After choking on my brew I actually thought, ‘if this keeps the price of the machine down because we can use Canvas Workspace instead, then great, do it.’

For those of us that like to use the machine as a stand-alone machine, however, what price will this feature be?

I have tried to find out more about this but at the time of publishing this post, have been unable to get an answer. It does, however, look like there will be different models of the machine and perhaps this feature is not included on the entry-level one…?

My hope is that it was a typo on their website.

Optional Thin Fabric Auto Blade (Sold Separately)

This blade is designed to cut fabric used for quilting and raw edge appliqué purposes. The Thin Fabric Auto Blade will cut thicknesses from 0.25 mm-0.5 mm. For use only with the ScanNCut DX machine and the ScanNCut DX Thin Fabric Auto Blade Holder.

Scan-to-Cut-Data (Updated)

The Scan to Cut Data feature has been given a makeover by adding a smooth line feature which will give cleaner cuts, I read.

I am aware that if you put ragged edge designs in they will result in low-quality scans however I have not really had an issue because I tend to clean up what I am scanning first. Perhaps other folks’ experiences weren’t the same as mine…?

Not clear if this feature will be added to existing models of the machine.

NEW Embroidery Features

Oddly not a much-advertised feature, but one that is incredibly relevant if using this machine in conjunction with your Brother embroidery machine because the Scan N Cut DX can create cutting files based on PES or PHC file formats.

The two features included allow users to transfer an existing embroidery design into the machine via a USB stick and then either automatically create cutting data for an applique piece or convert embroidery data to cutting/drawing data, right in the machine.

Not clear if this feature will be added to existing models of the machine.

New Mats

Ok, so, for some reason, Brother decided to redesign the cutting mats. This time around they can only be fed in one direction however they now have a hanging hole at the other end.

These new mats can only be used in the new machines.

Slightly Bigger Screen

The CM900 had a 4.8″ LCD touchscreen. The new DX machines have a 5″ touchscreen. Not a huge leap, but hey, every little helps.

Optional Roll Feeder (sold separately)

A new roll feeder option has been added. This means that, if you work with a lot of vinyl, you will now be able to use rolls of vinyl and cut much longer designs. Plus, this can be used along with the Universal Pen Holder for drawing longer personalized banners. This attachment includes a guide rail with a trimmer blade to ensure straight cuts of rolled material for smooth feeding and alignment.

This optional accessory will NOT be available to use with CM or DC models, according to several sources.


Let’s take a look at some videos that summarize these new features.

First a rather zealous and dramatic promo from Brother.

Next, Julie Fei Fan Balzer – Scan N Cut Ambassador in the US, gives an overview…

Here’s a final one showing a Brother rep demonstrating this at what looks like a trade event.


Price and Availability

I have not yet seen a confirmed price for release in the US. The model being released next week via HSN is the DX125, no word on the DX225 that I could find.

Pricing in Australia has been set at around the $799 figure – that is around £450 figure for the SDX1200, which I assume is the Ozzy equivalent of the DX225. An unconfirmed release month of October has been rumoured.

Pricing in the UK is yet to be confirmed. A release date, if any, is yet to be announced.


Conclusions

Whilst there have been some very useful adaptations made I can’t help but think that some were not really needed. That’s just a grumpy old man’s personal opinion though and not based on anything other than my aching knees.

Do I need a new Scan N Cut machine? No.

Will I get it? Probably. I am going to wait until I have a little more information before diving in though.

If, like me, you would like to do some more reading about this new model, please do feel free to check out some of the links below see for yourself.


List Of Documents

* Note, this list of documents relates to the SDX225 model of this new machine and is sourced from the USA section of Brother’s support website. It is unclear if there will be any differences to models that will be released in other areas of the world at this time.


Many thanks for stopping by and I hope that you found this post useful in some way shape or form.

See you again next time.

J :)

29 responses to A New Scan N Cut Experience Is Coming

  1. 
    Paulette Leaming November 9, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    Lots of good information there John, I am satisfied with my 700 I don’t make to sell.
    I do make cards for charity and my own personal cards.

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  2. 

    Thank you John for the honesty shown on your blog its very refreshing, it looks good but I have a scan and cut already which I don’t really use that often so will need to think on whether I need to get the new one

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  3. 

    This is such a refreshingly honest and informative blog, hats off to you John, I really feel I can trust your judgement and thank you for the in depth review, so valuable.

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  4. 

    Has there been any additional information released about the DX? I’ve been searching, but have not had any luck. Thank you for such an informative blog post!

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  5. 

    Imagine this message is from a bratty child…..”I want this…..” but what am I going to do with the one I just bought about a year ago” (now see me pouting). Your machine is amaaziing….😀🤣😍😎

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  6. 

    I agree with the consensus of opinion that it’s ugly and cumbersome looking and once again we have a company going back on what they say. Time moves on as does technology and when you are asked to pay large sums for these machines and very quickly it becomes difficult to get mats, blades etc., or becomes obsolete it’s extremely annoying. I too have cricut machines lying idle and I updated my CM 600 to a CM 900
    for wifi and this new machine is insulting and I can see no need to update unless you have an embroidery machine. I sincerely hope that the consumables do not become unavailable for the CM series.

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  7. 

    Thanks for the info, as always it’s good to get the low down from a trusted source. Here in Oz there are special deals on offer for the SDX1200 which makes it quite attractive but like you I want to look deeper into the what I will gain from getting this machine. Hope the knees get better ha ha. Karen x

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  8. 

    Thanks John for the information. I own a CM300 and am quite happy with it (it did take me a second attempt at buying one – I returned the first one I bought!) There are a few new designs that I quite like ie the Christmas ones but not enough to tempt me. I find the applique designs a bit old fashioned/americanised. too. I hope they will still provide updates for the CM machines. That will be extremely disappointing if they don’t

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  9. 
    Elizabeth Marie Adams September 8, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    Thank you John for the information. I will not be buying the new machine, if it is offered for sale in the UK, as I am pleased with my CM900 as it does everything I need it too.

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  10. 

    Thank you. I find new one is ugly compared to 900 and to big for every day use.

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  11. 

    Will Brother still offer updates etc for the CM models I have the 600 and the 700 only because the cm900 was sold as a machine for sewing. I love my machines and would hate to think after spending £400 on the 600 at launch and £400 for the 700 at launch that Brother would not be carrying on supporting these machines when we kept being told that Brother would not bring out new machines but here they are.

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  12. 

    Thank you for taking the time to find out all this information for us and summarising it in one place in a quick to the point guide. I think I’m with the masses at the moment and will stick with my CM600 for the foreseeable anyway. Keep the help and advice coming it’s much appreciated.

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  13. 

    Thank you John for keeping us up to speed. Like many of the others, I’ll be sticking with what I’ve got, a CM600. I can see that if you’re seriously into embroidery, then this new machine will do well to be more integrated, but its not for me…a CM900 might though :)

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  14. 

    Personally I think the machine looks bulky and ugly!
    I’m sticking with my CM900. It does what I need it to do. I got rid of my Cricut Imagine, eBosser, TODO, and CM300 to make way for the CM900, so I’m not going through all that again…..not to mention the cost, whatever that will be!!

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  15. 

    Hi John, thanks very much for the info. I bought my SnC when originally launched in the uk & one of the selling points was that I’d never need to replace it. The selling pitch was it won’t become out of date as upgrades would be given free – I’ve lost count of how many machines are available now, so no, I won’t be investing in the latest hype. I do really appreciate all the work and effort you put into supporting, inspiring and informing us all. Best wishes, Karry x

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  16. 

    I won’t be in the market for a new machine for a good long while unless (touch wood and cross fingers) my original SnC dies, but thank you for the heads up on the features.
    Let’s hope it doesn’t mean we’ll be scratching around for replacement mats and blades for our old machines while C&C are pushing this new machine…

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  17. 

    Thanks John, I wil be stick with the one I have. There a new things I know already I won’t use, I use the machine I have not very often, so no new one for me.

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  18. 

    Thank you very much for the ‘heads up’ – much appreciated as I was considering upgrading to the 900 because of the WiFi capability and because of the extra shapes, fonts etc. I will now wait until it becomes clearer what the added benefits would be to me, with this new machine as I don’t need the appliqué, patchwork or embroidery options. The temptation is still there though due to not needing to use Canvas, although that’s no problem really, especially if I do upgrade to the 900. The bigger size could be an issue too as the current one is so compact and can stay on the worktop for constant use. Once something is kept in a cupboard it isnt usually used as much. Are they now going to start phasing out the other models? Liz X

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  19. 

    Hi John,

    Great article, appreciate the time and research that it has taken!

    I agree that it seems to be linked into the Innovis range of sewing machines and why not!

    Not particularly taken with the aesthetics of this new machine, looks bulky, and a bit plasticky, that of course could change as the machine develops.

    I do like the vinyl roll system, more and more people are using this medium for “business” purposes so it opens up much more in the way of signage etc.

    The auto sensor of the blade I am quite happy to be used by USA and Australian crafters to iron out any teething issues, maybe just a tad cynical, I like to think realistic!

    Thanks again for the research being delivered in everyday language that I can understand!

    Take care!

    sandra

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  20. 

    What a utilitarian look to this machine, heavy and plain. Not as nice looking as present range. See how superficial I am. Interesting to know it’s coming, need to know if they will continue to support original machines with mats etc.
    Thanks for the info John
    Jan

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  21. 

    I’ve often thought about the scan n cut as I had everything cricut before. I was ill and so the imagination I got was only out of the box to look at and never got used once. I was so annoyed to learn that when I was able to craft again, the supplies etc were obsolete and never got my gypsy or cricut machine out again. I find my hands aren’t upto fussy cutting anymore plus sometimes using big shot with dies is difficult and in general it takes me longer to do things now.
    As much as this sounds amazing, I always thought brother said you never needed to buy anything else when you bought scan n cut but now there’s this one, will you be able to get supplies for the orig machine if you don’t upgrade I wonder?
    I know I’ll never buy anymore cricut / provocraft goods as felt totally cheated tbh. I know I’m not the only crafter with lots of cricut stuff, tho I don’t use any of mine anymore.
    Thanks for all the info, look forward to seeing price points etc.
    Jeanette

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  22. 

    Great article John, interesting to see if we get it in Uk and the cost xx

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  23. 

    What would be really cool is a scan, cut then automatic embroidery round your scanned piece! Understand Brother has software called Simply Appliqué to do this, not available in the UK. If it’s doing a triple cut for thick materials, I hope the quality of the “stick” on the mats has improved, otherwise it’ll be a disaster. Thanks John, like you I think I’ll wait and see, maybe next year!

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  24. 

    I won’t be getting it, for one or two very simple reasons. A) I detest the fact that Create & Craft has an exclusive deal on these machines, and buying supplies (blades in particular) are wildly over-priced because they know we have to go to them for new ones and B) I have already got both the CM300 and the CM900. They can do all I need or can see myself wanting to do in the future. I have heard that support for the CM300 is also going to stop (updates for life??) once the new machine is established on the market.

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  25. 

    Great review John and thanks for taking the time to do this for us all. Do I need one?…..no of course not. Will I get one? Well, that’s another question. Maybe…..when they go on their first ‘special offer ‘ lol. So looking forward to meeting you in November and it will be out by then, so we should know more by then.

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  26. 
    RUTH JEAN S. GOODWILLIE September 8, 2018 at 7:31 am

    John
    My CM900 was purchased in January this year so my concern would be about supplies for the present machines, for example, mats. I won’t be updating to the new model. I
    have both my sewing machine and my daughter’s machine here – she moved to the U.S just after she got it as a Birthday present in 2002. She had no inkling that she and her husband would be moving when she got it. My own sewing machine is 27 years old this month and suits me fine. It does what I want it to do. I do Cross-Stitch but I would rather do that and, if I wanted, embroidery by hand.

    Thanks for your helpful posts.
    Jean

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  27. 

    Hi John Thank you for all the information on the new machine. I have the CM700 special edition and apart from the continuous roller function cannot really see me using any of the others. The auto blade technology is a good idea but why they didn’t put the blade and the pen holder together I will never know,I believe silhouette have done it. I am still learning about all the features that my machine has so any more and I think my brain will go into overload.
    The scanncut machines are the best ever because they are so versatile but it is the people like you, Jo Foster and Mel Heston who make it possible for us to get the best out of the machines we already have.
    Keep up the good work
    Best Wishes
    Dee

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  28. 

    Very useful article John, but I don’t think I shall be getting it, I’ve said that before, but I don’t think it has any absolute needs for me. I’m a bit disappointed that they felt the need to bring out a new machine, despite constant reassurances to the contrary. At the moment anyway, I am quite happy with my CM900. Mind you I said that when I had a CM300…… xx

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  29. 

    I wonder how long the mats & blades for the CM models will be available?

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