We all love to cut out designs to style out our rooms or scrapbooks. Nevertheless, doing it all manually is quite tiring especially if you’ll have to cut out a lot of pictures into it. That is why enthusiasts tend to buy over die cutting machines to do cutting various designs efficiently.
The Cricut Maker introduced in August 2017 is a predecessor of the Explore series. Made from Cricut, this device is flexible of use built with quality, flexibility, and convenience. If you wish to know more, then look into this review.
Product Review of Cricut Maker
Weighing 23.7 pounds, the Cricut maker is heavily white plastic finished with the black base into it. Its main control interface situated on the upper right side of the device includes the smoothly pressed power, go, pause, and load/unload buttons. On the upper left side of the device resides a storage cup for use to put things into it as needed. Upon opening the cover and cutting tray, you’ll take a look into two clamps with the tool holder for which you’ll put the cartridges. Also, you’ll find a mat guide that is evenly spread into the device to make sure that the operation will be done in precise motion.
This device works flexibly at numerous paper, vinyl, fabric, and even wood applications. Its new rotary blades are built with gliding and rolling action to effectively cut out any leather, paper, or any fabric materials into it. Other than that, a fine point blade is incorporated in the package for use to cut basic designs. Separated in its package, you could also purchase a 2.4 mm balsa knife blade and a Deep Point Blade that allows you to cut out wood and mat board without any delay for convenience. The device cuts only materials with a width measuring in a maximum of 12 inches.
The operation is very simple upon a two to three-step method. The device is compatible with Windows, iOs, Mac, and even to Android devices. It includes a USB cable to be used for charging and upon utilization of the device. It also has an intended slot for smartphone device to be used upon the connection to the device through Bluetooth technology.
Except with the device itself, the package includes two blades with its housing, a fine point pen, two 12 inches by 12-inch cutting mats, a welcome book, a USB cable, a 110-volt power adapter, 50 cutting designs, and 25 sewing patterns that you could use during the operation.
Key Features and Specs of the Cricut Maker
a. Multiple Use and Application
The Cricut Maker is designed for use into a variety of purposes. It’s flexible on multiple materials from fabric, vinyl, leather, to wood. Nevertheless, you could do sewing projects and make different designs or decorations to be put into your homes and spaces. This versatility is made possible through multiple cutting designs and tools including free layouts and patterns that are incorporated into the package. You could easily access these designs online or directly as needed.
b. Simple Operation and Setup
Using the device could be done into the three-step method. You’ll just have to select a pattern from the Cricut’s database or have your own on its standard format, then cut it using the device by pressing few buttons into it. Nonetheless, there are users who have problems with the wireless Bluetooth connection. Otherwise, you’ll just have to make sure that your device is compatible and all your software or app’s features are updated to effectively run the device. It’s quite difficult using the software if you’re a first timer, but through time and practice, you’ll be able to gain more information and master it out. As to its setup, everything is straightforward. Plug in all the power adapter or USB cable into the computer and then run it!
c. Cutting Capability
The new Cricut model is ten times the power of its previous model, Cricut Explore 2. It boasts upon 4 kg force, sufficient to cut multiple thicknesses of materials from vinyl to wood. As said, you could also cut fabrics into it. Other than that, the device is incorporated with a rotary cutter for multiple gliding and rolling action. Nevertheless, the basic cutter does not have this function to use efficiently. Also, you could separately purchase a knife balsa blade for which cuts materials an extra deep into various materials. This is sort of disadvantage to some users. Aside from the blades, the device includes a pen and a scoring tool to easily pattern and cut over any material.
With regards to user reviews, there are varying opinions regarding the device’s ability. Most reviews have excellent experience with this product and there are those who still aren’t convinced with the device’s cutting capability. It’s still a bit weaker as compared to other cutters like KNK force.
d. Design and Durability
Looking at the device, its interface is rich with multiple features that you could not find into most of its competitors. The menu is conveniently situated incorporated with four simple buttons to operate the device. It has an intended slot to put your smartphones while you are using it. Aside from that, it has a charging port for your phones or to connect your device into a computer. With regards to its durability, the device is quite excellent. It’s a bit bulky, consumes a lot of space into your place.
e. Software and Apps
This is probably the weakest feature of this device. You will definitely be struggling with the software upon first use. You’ll have to learn and master over how to use this device for you to efficiently use it. Thus, you’ll have to read the manual more to know it intuitively. Another thing is that you can’t operate the device without the internet connection. You’ll really have a fast internet connection in order for the software to load and cut out patterns. Nevertheless, if your place has a weak internet connection, then you will not be able to use the device effectively.
The Cricut Maker introduced in August 2017 is one of the latest products of Cricut and it is one of the best vinyl cutters and die cutters even in this year 2018. Its white finished and has an excellent build, though quite bulky for use to small spaces. It’s quite versatile for which could be used for multiple applications from vinyl, leather, paper, or wood. It’s modernly designed and layout with improved cutting capability employing a rotary cutter as needed. Perhaps, the only main weak feature of this device is its software ability. The requirement for internet connection upon operation is one thing that most of its users clamored upon. Nonetheless, the manufacturer should do something to address this issue.
Is it worth the price?
Considering the additional function, the device is quite reasonable for the price you’ll be paying. Despite that its more expensive than other Explore devices, everything is quite reliable with excellent cutting efficiency. Nevertheless, it has few drawbacks but those were just minor things that could be handled out readily as needed.
* The alternative of Cricut Maker is Silhouette CAMEO 3.