What is this new Cricut product I keep hearing about? What is the new Cricut machine?

by Mallie Lanham | Jan 22, 2014

When we were developing our newest Cricut machine, the Cricut Explore,our entire team focused on the usage factors we all personally desired. We made it our mission to make the time you spend designing or selecting your project a delightful experience, and to make the cutting process fast and accurate, so you can focus on being inspired and then seeing your inspirations become real creations. We knew, from hours of consumer research and our collective years of creative DIY endeavors, that if we were going to love this machine as much as our Cricut fans would, Cricut Explore had to be:

  1. Easy
  2. Precise
  3. Versatile



And Cricut Explore is not only easy, precise and versatile; it is the latest breakthrough in electronic cutting machines. The Cricut Explore digital cutting machine allows you to cut paper, cardstock, vinyl and much more, all with just the turn of a dial. 

Cricut Explore is the world’s easiest design-and-cut system for making creative DIY projects easier than ever before. The Cricut Explore system blends a revolutionary electronic cutting machine with easy-to-use online design software and Cricut’s expansive 50,000+ image library with hundreds of ready-to-make projects!

With all those projects that Cricut Explore gets you access to, we aren’t just reinventing what Cricut can do, we are reinventing the creative process. What if you could go from inspiration to creation in just a few clicks? With Cricut Explore, you can.

The top 3 reasons you’ll love Cricut Explore™

It’s so easy!

Say goodbye to complicated materials settings. Now you can get the perfect cut on nearly any material—just turn the Smart Set™ dial. You can even create custom settings for different materials.

Wait til you see how precise Cricut Explore is…
Cricut Explore™ features Cut Smart™ technology, which lets you cut a wide range of shapes and sizes with exceptional accuracy.

Cricut Explore is the most versatile Cricut machine on the market.

Make just about anything you can think of! From home décor to fashion and accessories, Cricut Explore will help you make projects that show off your imagination.

44 Comments

  1. 1 patricia 13 Apr

    I'm confused.  I purchased my new Cricut Explore from HSN when it was first introduced.  Am I mistaken when it said free three month trial in the Cricut playroom.  What does that mean?  Does that mean you can play in the playroom and then you pay for the cards?  or are the cards free for 3 months

    Please unconfused me~~~~~~

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  21. 21 Donna 10 Feb
    When will the Cricut Explore be available in Canada?
  22. 22 Jeannie Blender 04 Feb
    I'm excited. I started out with a Silhouette, but when it broke, there was no help in fixing it.  I was so frustrated. So, I bought the E2. I absolutely love this machine!  Ihave about 40 cartridges, but I heard they'll be linked over to the Explore automatically. (YAY!)  However, I miss using the fonts on my computer.  I plan to buy the Explore the minute it's on HSN.  I'm on a budget, but I also plan to try out the Design room, at least for the first month.  I'll keep my E2 until I use up the blades I have, but I know I'll be playing with the Explore at the same time I use the E2. I know the Explore will come with some sort of guarantee & I'm willing to try it out. 
  23. 23 Tonita O. 01 Feb
    For the Explore to compete in todays high tech market, specifically against the Cameo, it must be wireless compatible, utilize previous cartridges, and come with OVER THE TOP customer service/support. Without these at the minimum, PC will not survive. First to the market does not guarantee continued success. Good luck PC, I will be watching this launch to see if you are truly looking to reinvent your business and reputation. You have a lot riding on this one.
  24. 24 Cinthya L. 27 Jan
    I was wondering if the Cricut Expression 2 and the cartridges will be discontinued because this new machine?
  25. 25 Beth 25 Jan
    Because Cricut will allow Svg cuts. I am seriously considering buying this machine. I would have changed platforms otherwise  Way to go Cricut!!!!
  26. 26 Cindy 25 Jan
    Cricut is advertising this new machine, but there are no details about it.
    The video only shows a place for your tools, a dial for cardstock, posterboard etc.
    It also onky shows the demonstrator pushing one button to feed the cutting mat and its material into the machine.
    I have over 60 cartridges that are registered with cricut, like others have said it would be ashame if they couldnt be used with this new machine.
    I love my cricut machine but they haven't shown any reasons why I should purchase this new machine except for that it internet compatable.
    It says the HSN airing for this machine in February 12th, but it doesnt give a time.
  27. 27 Monette 25 Jan
    I have many cricut cartridges.  If they are linked to Design Space will I have to purchase a subscription in order to cut these images?
  28. 28 Lisa 23 Jan
    Will the new design space software work Expression 2? I just got the Expression 2 for Christmas and not about to buy a new machine now. Also the normal/standard mats that are coming with the Expression 2 machines don't work. They aren't sticky at all. I tried using my mat and the blade moves my paper around. I have to tape my paper to the mat in order to get it to work.
  29. 29 Therese 23 Jan
    The Cricut Explore and Design Space software are internet based. Like the Cricut Mini and CCR are also internet base. Currently the Expression and Expression 2 are the only machines that work with CCR but can also stand alone. I am not able to open CCR unless I am connected to the internet. I'm not sure if Design Space will require the internet to open but I suspect it will because it'll probably require logging in like we do with CCR.

    The Gypsy is not compatible with the Cricut Explore. I will keep my E2, so I can use my Gypsy. :)

    Our linked cartridges are linked to our Cricut accounts. Both CCR and Design Space will be able to access the linked cartridges. 

    Currently, the Design Space software is only compatible with the Cricut Explore. All the other Cricut machines are only compatible with CCR.

    The Cricut Explore is suppose to connect to an iPad via Bluetooth. I don't know about Android devices yet. There is a Bluetooth adapter that is suppose to be sold a few weeks after launch. I don't know how much the app, itself will cost. I'm hoping free like the majority of my apps are on my iPad but I'm guessing PC will charge something for the app. We'll find out soon.

    The MSRP of the Cricut Explore is $299. HSN launch date if Feb 12th and it'll be in stores in March.

    Before uploading .svg and .dxf was part of the monthly ($9.99) or yearly ($99.99) subscription. Now the main Cricut homepage and the Design Space information page, say that .svg and dxf files can be uploaded, along with .jpg, .gif, .bmp, and .png files, absolutely free. It didn't say that before sometime late yesterday/early this morning. Interesting.
  30. 30 Kathie 23 Jan
    I can't believe PC actually wants to charge us to cut SVG files. Wow. . .it would be so much better if instead, they chose to go the route of offering software for purchase like SCAL to do all these things. I think I will just hold onto my Expression and SCAL for now. Can't justify the cost and my current setup suits all my current needs. It would be nice to be able to use my iPad with the cutter but I am sure we will be charged for that too.  Most apps I buy are $5.00 or less. It will be interesting to see what PC charges for the app, lol. In addition, I really dislike that the new Cricut  must hooked up to a computer. PC makes nice products. I love my Cricut, but I just feel like this company nickels and dimes us to death. I wonder if we will see a new Cameo soon with iPad compatibility.
  31. 31 Devan Schneider 22 Jan
    I spoke with a rep from Cricut today about the new machine and she was so helpful.  I teach high school art and I have always wanted to be able to have my students cut their OWN creations.  Until now, the Cricut has been my at home obsession!  Te rep said that you can use all your old cartridges.  To cut your own files you will have to pay the subscription, that will also give you access to the image library though.  To use the new design software you have to have an internet connection, but obviously the machine itself will work without the internet (just like the other machines)  One more thing to consider is that it sounds like some of the accessories (especially blades) will not be compatible with this new machine as it has a special housing and blade.  The whole computer vs. iPad thing doesn't matter to me as I use my laptop for CCR and that works fine for me.  One thing to consider for those who wish to use the iPad to cut, how would you connect it to the machine?  I connect my machine via USB and the iPad doesn't have a USB on it.  To me that seems like a iPad limitation and something that Provo and Cricut can't help.  Hope this answers a few questions about the new machine.  I will have to decide if it is in my budget to pay the monthly fee to cut my own images, especially when I have a Cricut that works just fine for me now.  I think the smart thing for Cricut would be to allow people with previous machines to sign up for the monthly fee and cut their own images as well.  I know I would pay!
  32. 32 Laurie Parks 22 Jan
    Please say you can design and cut from your IPad!  Only way I will purchase as we don't use a home computer any longer. 
  33. 33 Veronica 21 Jan
    I have lots of questions: 1 -  I have lots of money already invested in cartridges. Will I be able to use my existing cartridges with this new machine? We can't all afford to keep upgrading and/or buying new machines & cartridges! 2 - I have been using my Cricut Craft Room and have all of my cartridges linked to it. Will you be able to bring these over for us to the New Cricut Design Space? 3 - Which versions of windows will it be compatible with? 4 - Will I be able to use my existing cartridges with this new machine? We can't all afford to keep upgrading and/or buying new machines & cartridges! 5 - Will we have to pay for a subscription in order to cut our own images with the new Cricut? 6 - Does it have to have a constant internet connection? Can we not design 'offline' with it?
  34. 34 Yolanda 21 Jan
    so in the commercial/video showing off the explorer, it clearly shows an iPad being used....this is a deal breaker for me.  THat is if it uses an app that allows me to do the same as on the computer....the video shows an iPad but its only browsing art work so Im left wondering how much an iPad will be used to control/cut, etc on this machine
  35. 35 Hannah 21 Jan
    I own a Cricut Expression and have had very little success getting questions answered on being able to cut SVG files with it. I've actually been looking at buying another cutting machine (not a cricut). I would have been happier if Cricut had come up with software that I could have purchased in order to do all this with the machine I already own. I guess a buy back would be kind of nice if you are going to keep coming out with new machines rather than improving on the ones we already own. If you would have offered software I'd have bought it tomorrow. As it is, this is just another machine, there are several others out there on the market, so I will still be shopping around.

    If I'm understanding what I'm reading correctly - we will have to pay for a subscription in order to cut our own images with the new cricut?
  36. 36 Rosie V. 21 Jan
    I too have an Exp2 and have invested lots of money on cartridges; I've had my machine for 4 years; love it and expected to have long use from it; not having to upgrade every time a new Cricut machine is unveiled!  I'm also not interested in having an exclusive internet connection; is this the case?  We can't always be near a computer!  And if I finally can afford it, will I be able to use my existing cartridges with this new machine?  We can't all afford to keep upgrading and/or buying new machines & cartridges!
  37. 37 Arlene 21 Jan
    I already have the baby bug, the Expression and the Gypsy as well as over 100 cartridges.  Will this machine work with cartridges I already own?  Will I be able to use my Gypsy with the Explore?  I recently bought a Silhouette Cameo so I could use FREE svg files and could cut very intricate designs.   Why do I have to be online to use the new design software?  It is not always easy to get online while traveling and I always take my machines and Gypsy when I travel.  Silhouette software allows me to design and cut without being online at all!
  38. 38 Waterslight 21 Jan

    I have 3 different cricut machines (cricut expression, cricut expression2 and cricut imagine) and now I am on a fixed budget.  Is there any buyback plan for owners of old machines who want to buy the new machine.  I am very interested in the using your own designs, but I have over 300 cartridges/digitals designs.  Is any of the new features going to be available for the older machines?  are you ever going to offer offline software for those of us who like to design but are not always connected to the internet.

    Which versions of windows will it be compatible with?

     

    has anyone seen a date for the airing HSN?  price?

    I would like to see more video of the machine.

  39. 39 Trish Shapland 21 Jan
    Yes, I too have the Silohouette and the Cricut Expression.   I have had all of the cricut machines upgrading to have more versitility.   Last year I purchased my Silohoette so I could have more versitility, however the Cricut is so user friendly.   I have about 45 cartridges loaded in my cricut craft room so will these be accessable through the new Design space?   Also will it cut felt???  I wasn't able to cut felt snowflakes on any of the machines I currently have this past December 2013 and it was VERY disapointing.    I am hoping this will be the machine to tie everything together while not throwing all of my other cricut investements out the window.   Like my Gypsy, (Unless of course it is compatible with my ipad or iphone for designing on the go.

    Please advise!   This may be on my Birthday wish list

  40. 40 Robin 21 Jan
    I'm very curious about what the price of this new machine will be.   I recently bought a Silhouette machine so I would be able to do all the things described in this new Cricut machine.  However, if the price is right on this new machine, I would be happy to return my unopened Silhouette machine so that I could buy this one.  I currently have the "old" Cricut personal cutting machine and have been using it for several years--I LOVE my Cricut and the craft room and don't want to see those things become obsolete.  Rather, I'd like to add to them with a machine with a 12X12 cutting mat that can cut my own images.
  41. 41 Rosemarie 21 Jan
    I just bought the Cricut Expression 2 for christmas.  I have had fun using it.  Was a bit disappointed that I could not use my own fonts and graphics and that the wireless adapter was no longer available. I have spent hundreds of dollars purchasing cartridges for the machine plus $160 on the machine itself.   

    So now you have a new machine that seems to do all that I had hoped the Expression 2 would do.  It seems to be the story of my life.. Always purchasing some tech gadget and then in less than 3 months they announce a new better product…  

    So I have a few questions about this new Explore: 

    1. Will the cartridges work in this new machine?  

    2. Will the stuff linked to Cricut Craft Room and my Expression work on the new software?

    3.  Will the new Cricut Design Space work with the older cricut machines like Craft room does?  Or will I not be able to use my Cricut Expression with the new software?  If I can use my Expression 2 with this new Design Space, will I be able to upload my own graphics and fonts and be able to cut with my Expression 2? 

    4.  Will there be wireless connection for the Explore? Or will it be an additional thing to purchase?

    5.  How expensive will it be to purchase?  Will there be discounted prices for registered owners of previous cricut machines?  I just paid $160 for the Cricut Expression 2 in Dec 2013. 


    6.  Will it work with IPads or Tablets?
  42. 42 Stephanie Lipinski 21 Jan
    Yes, I too have been using my Cricut Craft Room and have all of my cartridges linked to it.  Will you be able to bring these over for us to the New Cricut Design Space?  please let me know because I am very interested in getting this machine.  Also can you use the IPad like in the video?  how about android? 
  43. 43 Angela 21 Jan
    looks interesting but can previously linked cartridges be linked to this new machine? I have linked some of my carts to Cricut Craft Room.

     Also does it have to have a constant internet connection?  Can we not design 'offline' with it?

     :)
  44. 44 Jeanette C 21 Jan
    Will there be app to work with the ipad? Also are you limited to svg files on the design space?

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