so i'm a little nieve in the world of 'personal cutters' and i recently learned about sure cuts a lot and make the cut software... to find out that the owners of cricut sued both of those companies so you can no longer use them on the cricut machines.... however there are a bunch of other machines that you can...
one being the silhouette... which looks amazing... and if i'm reading correctly the most current version it comes with a program where you can design your own stuff and not use any cartridges (which is what SCAL and MTC do)
i even found a machine that does metal engraving! however that starts at $900+ which is sooooooo not even a possbility right now lol
but the silhouette is on amazon right now for about $270