It might look like your standard issue inkjet printer, but the Cricut Explore is a whole other category of maker’s tool. In fact, you might say it was, ahem, “cut from a different cloth”.
Yes, the Explore is equipped with a tiny blade that it wields with incredible precision. It’ll slice designs into fabric, paper, vinyl, card and posterboard, with cuts from as small as 1/4 of an inch. The cutting arm also has space to hold a marker, so the Explore can write onto and cut a material at the same time.
While the Cricut will be cheaper to run than a printer (no need for that liquid gold they call ink), there will be costs: each sheet of material you feed in needs to be adhered to a backing board, and over time these will need replacing.
Designs can be purchased from Cricut’s Design Space online shop individually or via subscription – pay a monthly fee of US$9.99 (£6) and you can access over 25,000 images and 200 fonts. Alternatively, you can load up your own designs, with the software (Mac and Windows compatible) accepting a range of file formats including .jpg, .gif and .bmp.
The Cricut Explore will be on sale in the US from February for $300 (£180).