Cut Mat Size: 12 in x 12 in
Use Options: No training needed
No cost to use
$1 per precut vinyl sheet
Limited paper and fabric available or bring your own materials to use with the machine. Approved materials include: cardstock, vinyl, iron-on, poster board, and fabrics.
Available Tools & Uses:
Fine Point Blade - for cutting light- to mid-weight materials such as cardstock, vinyl, iron-on, poster board and light-weight fabrics
Rotary Blade - for cutting fabric and delicate materials
Pen - for drawing on paper
LightGrip Mat - for use with light and medium weight paper, medium cardstock, and vinyl
FabricGrip Mat - for use with most fabrics and Rotary Blade
Fine Point and Rotary Blades are sharp, use caution when removing or changing blades.
Store blades in protective covers and in the storage unit inside the front door/feeder area of the machine when not in use.
The Cricut Maker uses the Cricut Design Space software. This software is available on the Makerspace laptop or you can install this software on a personal laptop and bring that to the Makerspace to connect to the machine.
In your browser, go to design.cricut.com/setup and download Cricut Design Space.
Create an account.
Follow the install steps.
Once complete, open and select “Cricut Maker” from the dropdown menu next to the “New Project” button.
Select the appropriate Mat.
Plug the Cricut Maker into your laptop
Follow the prompt given by the Cricut Maker (Set Base Material)
If your material is larger than the Mat, cut it to the correct size to fit within the grid.
Remove the clear plastic cover.
Align your material on the Mat grid.
Press your material onto the Mat, avoiding wrinkles to ensure clean cutting.
In the workspace, create your designs using images, text, shapes, and uploaded files. Note: Some of the images and fonts available in the software have a charge associated email@example.com with them and it is your responsibility to pay for this content if you wish to use it.
For each element of your design, select the element, then in the ribbon at the top, select Operation type in the dropdown menu.Note: We currently only support Basic Cut and Pen because we don't have the tools or blades to perform the other selections available under Operation. When your design is complete, click “Make It”.
Select the material size.
Flip open the lid of the machine.
Ensure there is at least 12 inches of space behind the machine.
Align the Mat with your material into the machine,
Press the Arrow button on the machine to load the Mat.
Press the Cricut C button on the machine to begin your project.
When finished, press the Arrow button on the machine to unload the Mat.
Carefully remove your material from the Mat.
Replace the clear plastic cover on the Mat for storage.
Open Clamp B to release the blade
Remove the blade from the Cricut
Open the compartment in the Cricut to reveal different blades
For the rotary blade, remove the blade housing
Carefully put the blade in Clamp B in the appropriate position
If you are using the pen instead of a blade, place the pen in Clamp A
Close the clamp and make sure the blade is firmly in place.