Brother CM550DX ScanNCut Machine

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The Brother™ CM550DX ScanNCut machine is the world's first home & hobby cutting machine with a built-in scanner. Developed with the advanced, cutting-edge technology that Brother™ is known for, ScanNCut is truly an incredible innovation in electronic cutting machines - giving artists the freedom to make truly unique, one of a kind creations with the push of a button.


Background Scan

The magic of ScanNCut lies in the ability to scan your materials using the 300 DPI built-in scanner. See the scanned image on the large color LCD touch screen, open your cut design and, using the stylus, simply move the cut design over the desired area for a perfect cut without measuring or using a computer.


Select from the wide variety of built-in designs or from your gallery of scanned images to build your own unique cut designs. Use the welding feature to combine shapes, hand drawings, fonts and more directly on the large color LCD touch sceen display. Combine detailed or intricate cuts in seconds to simply group designs into one piece prior to cutting.

Space Saving Auto Layout Capabilities

Do you often find yourself with a collection of odd shaped scraps of paper and fabric that you likely won't be able to use again? With the space saving capabilities of ScanNCut, get the maximum use out of your material. Using the background scan option, simply scan your material into the machine and watch as an image of the material quickly appears on the large color LCD touch Jcreen. From there, see the exact placement of where your designs will lie on the material prior to cutting them out Even the smallest scraps can be utilized when working with this innovative crafting tool!

Scan to USB

Can you believe it? With ScanNCut, there is no need for a clunky stand-alone scanner! With the 300 DPI built-in scanner, scan virtually anything ínto your machine to be saved as a cut file. As a bonus, you can use ScanNCut to scan important documents, files, artwork, photographs and even your child's favorite drawings, and save to your USB to be used for future use. USB not included.

On-Screen Editing

Editing designs is both quick and easy with ScanNCut. Every editing function can be done on the LCD touch screen. Easily convert your scanned designs into custom cut or draw files. Customize designs by changing the shape, size, or position, even using just part of a design. With the ability to weld, rotate and resize your designs, you'll love having the ability to create fully detailed designs to your liking - all without the use of a computer or expensive design cartridges.

Seam Allowance and Sewing Guidelines

Have you ever struggled with piecing together your fabric when working on various sewing and quilting projects? ScanNCut gives you the ability to add a seam allowance in 1/4" increments to assist you in piecing together fabric pieces for your quilts, clothing and more. But wait, it gets better! You can even utilize the erasable pens to create sewing guidelines on your designs to assure virtually perfect placement of your stitches.

Large Scanning and Cutting Area

Using the included 12" x 12" cutting mat or the 12" x 24" cutting mat (available for additional purchase), easily create and cut a wide variety of designs - from one as small as a delicate snowflake for a holiday ornament or one as large as an inspirational wall quote to place in your family living room. Plus, the cutting mats double as a scanning mat for ease of use!

Included Accessories

  • Standard Cut Blade Holder
  • 2 High Tack Adhesive Fabric Support Sheets
  • Standard Cut Blade
  • 2 Iron-On Fabric Applique Contact Sheets
  • Deep Cut Blade Holder
  • 50 Special Applique Patterns on CD
  • Deep Cut Blade
  • 6 Color Pen Set
  • 2 Standard Mats: 12" x 12"
  • 2 Type Erasable Pen Set
  • Low Tack Adhesive Mat: 12" x 12"
  • Pen Holder
  • Spatula
  • Cut up This Book
  • Touch Pen


3.7" Color LCD TFT 3.67" Color touch screen
Lightweight  8.25 lbs. with handle for portability
Easy to Operate Buttons Power, Start/Stop, Feed, Setting, Home Ability to pause the machine with Start/Stop LED button
Holder Easy to set/removable
AC Adapter For global use
USB slot High-speed USB host
Easy to View Operation Panel 3 viewing angles
Stylus For easy on-screen edits on the LCD
Auto Shutdown Adjustable
Machine memory 1MB or 60 pockets

Crafting Workspace

Work Area 11.75" x 11.75"
Optional Extended Work Area 11.75" x 23.75"
Standard Blade Max 1.0mm (may vary)
Deep Blade Max 1.5mm (may vary)
Blade Depth Adjustment 12 levels
Cutting Speed 5 levels
Adjustable Holder Pressure 19 levels
Cutting Material: Max 2.0mm (may vary) Paper (max 1.5mm): Printer/Scrapbook/Cardstock/Velum/Tracing/Poster board. Fabric: Thin cottin/Flannel/Felt. Others: Magnet/Sticker or seal


Scanning Size 12" x 12"  Work Area: 11.75" x 11.75"
Image Type Full color
Thickness of Scanning material 1.5mm (max) : Standard/Low Tack mat
Scanning Speed 30 sec/mat
Scan resolution 300 DPI
Recognition Type Gray scale 256
Background Scan Adjustment Darker/Lighter
Direct Cut Frame Types (11)
Scan-to-Cut Data  Detection Type: Outline, Region, Line (Thinning). Saving Data Function after detection. Deletion Area (unwanted scanned images) up to 3.9" per deletion. Threshold for converting: 5 level
Scan to USB Scan Size: 7 format
Scan to USB Output File Format Select Scan Resolution: 300/250/200/150/100 DPI as JPEG data


Language 8 (English, German, French, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese)
Opening Screen On/Off
Test Cutting Function Three patterns for test
Buzzer On/Off
Cut Area Able to change by drag/drop operation
Mat Preview Grid Measurement
Built-in Designs 700
Built-in Quilt Patterns 140
Built-in fonts 5
Drag & Drop Function Select / move designs on the LCD using the stylus
Add Patterns Add other designs
Enlargement Reduction Feature Designs can be enlarged or reduced
On-Screen Editing Functions Sizing (height and width), Duplicating, Lock and Unlocking the Aspect Ratio, Pattern rotation in 1 degree increments, mirroring, seam allowance on/off, unifying, welding, group deleting / group selecting, auto layout by rearranging patterns: rotate at any angle, rotate patterns 0 degrees or 180 degrees, without rotating
Seam Allowance Width 7 levels
Pattern Spacing/Pattern Interval 10 levels (width between pattern and pattern/edge of mat)


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