Cricut Cutting Machines-Tips And Ideas
Provo Cricut Cutting Machines Are one of the most versatile machines on the market. It can cut cleanly almost anything and you might be surprised at the types of projects that you can make. We have gathered lots of information ideas and tutorials for those considering a Cricut or who may have one already. Let’s get started.
Have you wondered the types of materials a cricut can cut? Here is a list of all the things that this machine can cut
Types Of Cricut Cutters
Expression And Expression 2
These are the earlier generation Cricut cutters. They are basically cartridge based machines that can be used without any computers. Each cartridge comes with it’s own overlay. On cartridges that were issued after 8/2014, there is a universal overlay, rather than a separate one for each cartridge.
They use a mat that holds the paper for cutting. They can use a mat that is 12 x 12 inches or 12 x 24 inches. They cut in 1/4 inch increments.
The Expression 2 has a full LCD mat and overlay
With the Cricut Explore, you have a lot of options. The system uses a application called Cricut Design Space™. Design Space is free to download and you will get lots of things free. You can download the cartridges that you have already purchased or may purchase into Design Space. You can also upload images into Design Space. And if you are really into using your Cricut loiken I am then you can opt for the membership like I have with over 50,000 images built in already. There are also options to purchase individual images over and above the membership. These are licensed images like Disney, Anna Griffin, Boy Scouts of America. Since these images are licensed they do cost extra, but once you purchase them, you own them for life. The other great thing about this app is that they have projects put together that you can make them on the spot. They also give free images every week for you to use. And the customer service is second to none. Here are a few of the projects so you can see what is possible with the explore. These are some of the free projects Cricut Design Space™
The New I Pad App
Provocraft has now provided a free I pad app for the Cricut Explore Line. Now now in essence you could do projects on your IPhone or tablet and send them to your Cricut any time you wanted. Cricut iPad app
Using A Deep Cut Blade
For an optimal cutting experience, it is recommended that you use a deep cut blade, especially when cutting thicker materials such as heavy fabric, poster board, chip board, magnet board and faux leather. The Deep Blade can cut most materials up yo 1mm in thickness using the multi cut feature.
Mat Tips And Tricks
- Ensure there is enough space for the mat to run all the way through the machine. You need about 10 inches for clearence
- Always replace the mat after use to keep the mat surface clean.
- Never store a mat that still has material attached to it.
- Evenly use the entire service of the mat by alternating which end you load into the machine first
Cricut Explore Resources
One of the things that I love about Cricut is the amount of resources that they offer. These resources are free for you to use and will help you get the most out of your paper cutter
- Cricut Explore Manual– A complete guide top use of your Cricut Explore
- Cricut Cartridge Library– An alphabetical listing of all Cricut cartridges with images
- Cricut Explore Set Up And Use Tutorial– How to set up and use your Cricut explore