I was lucky enough to be in Salt Lake City with the entire Cricut team, other bloggers and Cricut fans to see the reveal and presentation on the Cricut Maker. If you haven’t used one let me just tell you, this machine is a true marvel! I literally use mine almost every day (these are some of my favorite ways to use it!) I get a lot of questions from my friends, email subscribers and blog visitors about what the difference is between the new Cricut Maker and the Cricut Explore Air. Let’s take a look-see and answer some of those FAQs and compare the Cricut Maker and the Cricut Explore machines.
How is a Cricut Maker Different than a Cricut Explore?
The technology behind the Cricut Maker machine is beyond imagination and took years to develop. When is comes to the Cricut Maker vs. the Explore Air, it’s all about the the adaptive tool system. In addition to the fine point and deep cut blades that can also be used in the Cricut Explore Air, the Maker can also use the knife blade and rotary blade, so it has the capability to cut even more materials than the Explore can. The great thing about all of the research and testing that went into the production of the Maker is that it will be able to add additional functionality in the future. Since the Cricut Explore series does not have the adaptive tool system, the rotary blade and knife blade can only be used with the Maker.
Update! An amazing batch of Cricut Maker tools has launched with the awesome QuickSwap Housing system. There is a Fine Debossing Tip, Engraving Tip, Scoring Wheel (single and double), Wavy Blade and a Basic Perforation Blade. Stay tuned for some fun projects using these new tools.
What can the Cricut Maker cut?
Soooo many things! Too many to list here honestly, but with the knife and rotary Cricut Maker blades, the Maker can cut materials from the thinnest, most delicate fabrics and papers (even crepe paper!), to thick and hard materials like basswood, genuine leather, heavy chip board and so many more materials and fabrics in between.
I already have a Cricut Explore, do I really need a Cricut Maker?
The Maker is an amazing machine with technology out the wazoo. It does not mean that the Explore Air/Air 2 is obsolete! There will still be free projects that are exclusive to the Explore, there will still be Design Space updates and new features that will be designed for the Explore as well. It’s not like an old smart phone where the updates and new apps/features won’t work on the “old” machines. I see many folks still using their original Cricut machines and they still work magnificently. However, if you want to be able to use the many tools that the adaptive tool system enables you to do, then yes, you do need a Cricut Maker!
I already cut fabric and felt with my Cricut; what makes the Cricut Maker different?
No.backing.needed! The fluid cutting of the rotary blade means no fraying or pulling at fabrics/felts, etc. You guys have seen that I love my cutting fabric with my Cricut for no-sew crafts, right? You’re hearing it first here… with all of the patterns available for the Maker and the fabric pen, I might just take up sewing! I’m thinking about a series… Lydi Learns to Sew… What do you think? 😉 Anyway, I digress…
I have a deep cut blade, why would I need the Cricut knife blade?
It’s kind of pricey. How will I get my money’s worth?
I have paid for my Cricut Explore many times over through all of the gifts, home decor, accessories and party décor that I’ve made. You will still be able to make everything you make on the Cricut Explore but with so much more. The quality of products you can make with the Maker will not only cost less than buying in a store, but will have your unique touch that will mean so much to those who you gift with your creations and will add your personal style to your home décor, crafts and accessories.
I made this chart to help simplify some of the key features/differences between the Maker and Explore Air for quick and easy reference.
So what do you think about the Maker? Please feel free to ask any other questions, I’m happy to answer any of them! You can find great Cricut Maker bundles at Cricut.com and check some of my favorite Cricut Maker projects here!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.