I just LOVE a new cutter! And this one is going to rock the cutting world! The price of $399 is just amaZING for a machine that has 750g of cutting force, along with a 14″ wide cutting range. Just like with our other KNK’s, you can insert 15″ wide rolled materials, such as vinyl, for cutting and there will be a cutting mat included for cutting 12″ x 12″ cardstock or other materials such as fabric, thin chipboard, craft plastic, rhinestone template material, felt, fun foam, mylar, duralar, posterboard, and most of the other materials you see in the photo gallery here:
30 Plus Materials To Cut on A KNK
The only materials I show in that photo album that the Zing probably won’t handle are styrene and mat board. But I’ll give a full report once I have a Zing prototype of my own to test… fingers crossed for that to happen in the second half of August.
As you can see from the link at the new Zing home page, the compact siZING is another great feature! This KNK will be far easier to transport and I look forward to that.
Make The Cut is proving to be a popular software for the existing KNK owners, as well. The Print and Cut function is so much faster and easier to use with the automatic movement of the laser light to within about 1/4″ of each printed mark, thus requiring just a tweaking of movement to align perfectly. I’m also looking forward to the improved auto-tracing function which has always allowed previews of the trace before accepting the results. A demo video of the upcoming new version shows additional functionality with separate tabs to use when choosing the best best vectoriZING method based on the imported raster image.
For those who already own and use KNK Studio, a copy/paste function will be added so that existing KNK files can easily be moved to MTC for cutting to the Zing.
All in all, a lot to look forward to in the upcoming months! So, keep checking for more information and I will be reporting the latest, as I receive it.
Yes, they have! I know of lots of customers using our cutters specifically for appliqués. Cutting quilt cotton is especially easy. Felt depends on the brand you use. I highly recommend the National Nonwovens which comes in many colors and has just the right blend of wool:
I’ll email you to see if you have more questions I can answer.
I am considering buying a die cut machine for my small doggie clothes biz. I embellish doggie tees with cotton appliqués hearts , bones, etc. and currently cutting by hand which becomes very difficult with arthritis. Has anyone tried cutting fabric such as quilt cotton or felt with these machines with good results?
The Zing has a higher learning curve than the Cameo because it has a lot more functionality. Our customers seem very happy with them. The only ones I’ve seen go up for sale have been from customers who simply didn’t want to learn how to use them. If you join either or both the KNK Zing Yahoo group and the MTC User Forum, you can post and ask Zing owners what they thing of their cutter! 🙂
As for intricate detail, the Zing cuts beautifully. I don’t know of any direct comparisons between the Cameo and the Zing, but I have seen some really lacy designs cut. On the other hand, since you already love the Craft Robo, you might be happier with the Cameo, simply because it really does seem to be a 12″ version of the CR. When I first saw one, I immediately realized that if I closed my eyes, I couldn’t tell the difference in the sound of the cutting between the original CR and the new Cameo.
I have an old craft robo (which I love) and an ecraft which I hate. I am looking to replace the ecraft and after seeing your reviews and seriously considering the Zing. However there do not appear to be many user reviews yet. The Cameo has good reviews for cutting intricate detail which I do lot of. How does the Zing compare to this feature of the Cameo?