Sizzix eclips2 - First Look

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sizzix-eclips-2-hero UPDATE 4/1/2014: Click Here for the official review! Let's face it, without cutting machines, SVGCuts wouldn't exist, so we're always excited when new cutting machines are introduced. Today I had the opportunity to talk to Sizzix's director of marketing, who gave me most of the details on the new Sizzix eclips2. Let's dive right in! We'll see two versions of the Sizzix eclips2. The main differences between the two versions is Bluetooth capability which will allow you to do a few things. You'll not only be able to connect the cutting machine to your Bluetooth compatible computer without a USB cable, but you'll also be able to use a special tablet version of eCAL to control the eclips2! There may be additional features included in the Bluetooth version of the eclips2, but that information has not been disclosed as of yet. We'll be sure to have more information as it becomes available.
  • The non Bluetooth eclips2 will retail for $299.99 and will come bundled with eCAL lite. eCAL 2 will be required to cut SVG files.
  • The Bluetooth version of the eclips2 will have all of the same features as the non Bluetooth eclips2, but will retail for about $50-$60 more than the non Bluetooth eclips2.
  • The eclips 2 will begin shipping this March (2014)
  • The Bluetooth version will be shipping late Spring / Early Summer (2014)

eShape Store

sizzix-eclips-eshape-storeAccompanying the eclips2 release is the launch of the Sizzix eshape Store. This all-new site will host hundreds of downloadable cutting files that import as a full shape, yet are arranged in labeled layers for multiple uses. These stylish shapes and fonts are compatible with the eclips, eclips2 and other electronic shape-cutting machines.

Features

With no cartridges required, the newly redesigned eclips2 DIY Electronic Cutter contains an enhanced motor with industrial-strength gears for speed, reduced noise, efficiency, precision cutting and more. In addition, the eclips2 is accompanied by free eCAL lite software to create your own designs, plus cut, score and draw/edit unique shapes for beautiful customized projects from the start.
  • Create and modify your own designs
  • Cut, score and draw unique shapes
  • Use any TrueType or OpenType fonts
  • Weld multiple shapes and letters into one
  • Appearance Styles, like Shadow and Blackout, quickly change look of letters and shapes
  • Hundreds of shapes included, with thousands more available online
  • Access the Sizzix® eshape Store right from your toolbar!

Enhanced Features

  • Includes FREE eCAL lite electronic cutting software
  • eCAL 2 software upgrade unlocks SVG files
  • Precision Cutting – No more shapes with rounded edges!
  • True Scoring – No more perforations. Clean folds every time.
  • Laser Cut Preview offers sneak peek of cut, eliminating material waste
  • Faster, quieter and stronger than ever

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