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Saturday, August 5, 2017

What Does the Cricut Maker Do?

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I'm so excited to introduce you to the Cricut Maker! If you're wondering what how the Cricut Maker compares to the Cricut Explore machines, or why you should think about getting Cricut Maker, or what materials can the Cricut Maker cut, I hope this will answer some of your questions.

Earlier this week I was in Salt Lake for the product launch of this amazing new machine. We were so excited to be sitting there listening and watching all the great things it could do (and unknown to us at the time, sitting on seat cushions all covered in different fabrics that the machine had cut!)

It has been completely rebuilt from the inside out, giving greater precision and much more power. It provides 4000 grams of pressure (That's 10 times the power of the Explore machines!) meaning it can cut through harder and thicker materials. But it can also give incredibly sharp corners on delicate fabrics.

Cricut Maker Rotary Blade

This smart tool has a housing that is calibrated specifically to the machine it is placed in, meaning you will have the most accuracy possible. The rotary blade picks up and turns when needed, creating exact points and corners, and can cut circles as small as ¾ inches. Imagine cutting out quilting pieces, or patterns for things like purses, doll clothes, and toys, without the time consuming process of pinning, and then still worrying that edges won’t line up. And what’s more, the Cricut Maker also uses a washable pen that will mark your pieces for you, including seam allowances! You can get right to the fun part of putting your project together. Plus it works beautifully with all kinds of felt too – I can’t wait to cut some felt flowers!

Cricut Maker Knife Blade

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This blade will slice through real leather, wood up to 3/32 inches thick, chipboard and matboard. It even has the technology to know to start with a light scoring cut, use more pressure on following passes, and lighten up again at the end for a nice clean cut without ruining your mat. The knife blade will be available in October, and will come it multi-packs so that you don’t have to worry about having a dull blade in the middle of a project.

Print then Cut upgrades

The Cricut Maker has increased accuracy for Print then Cut, and has a larger print size of 9 ¼ x 6 ¼ inches. The registration marks have changed to be a solid rectangle border around the image you are printing. This gives more precision as the sensor reads the entire line around. An added bonus that they weren't even planning on is that Print then Cut will work on colored and patterned paper! (Darker colors and patterns may have varied results, so do some testing.)

More Cricut Tools

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As Cricut is constantly innovating and creating more ways for us to make the things we love, future tools will continue to work in the Cricut Maker machine. The reason they couldn’t just release a rotary blade for the Explore machines, for example, is that the machine just wasn't capable of force and precision needed for it.

In addition to the Cricut Maker machine, two new tools have debuted. First, the BrightPad, which I posted about last week  and the EasyPress – a heat press perfect for using at home because it’s not big and bulky, and not super expensive. I’ll write a post showing you how to use it later.

I hope you’re as excited about the Cricut Maker as I am – have any questions? Let me know! I’ll be posting tutorials using it, as well as the Explore machine too. Explore machines will still keep getting new content added to Design Space – they are not going to be obsolete!

Get shopping, or start building your wish list

Cricut Maker (on the Cricut site, or get it from Amazon with Prime shipping!)
Cricut Materials (including fabric and leather)  See all the materials the Cricut Maker can cut here
Cricut Tool sets

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