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Cricut Explore Air 2 Machine
- The Cricut Explore Air 2 is your personal DIY cutting machine. Make custom vinyl stickers, personalized home decor, unique greeting cards, custom designed apparel, and more!
- Upload your own images for free or choose from Cricut's vast library of pre-made designs and projects.
- Design anywhere. Free access to Cricut's simple design software, Design Space. Create and design from your computer, tablet or mobile phone using the Cricut Design App for iOS and Android devices.
- Make the perfect cut every time. The Smart Set Dial ensures that your machine cuts at the correct depth and pressure for any type of material.
- Cuts 100+ materials. Cricut offers a wide range of materials specifically designed and tested for use with the Cricut machine including basic and specialty Vinyl colors, Iron-on Vinyls, Cardstock, Faux Leather, Adhesive Foils, Specialty Paper, Poster Board and more!
- Embedded Bluetooth, for wireless cutting. German carbide premium blade
- Customer service: call for assistance: 877-727-4288
- Smart Set® dial for easy material settings
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Cut and write faster and more precisely with the Circuit explore air 2. This cutting edge DIY machine was designed to bring joy to you and others as you create projects with a personal touch. With this machine you're able to upload your own images for free, select from the 3,000 ready-to-make projects, or create on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. It also comes equipped with Bluetooth for wireless cutting. And the possibilities are endless because you can create projects on over 100 different materials, from vellum to leather. All this gets done quickly thanks to the double tool holder that allows for cutting and writing or cutting and scoring in one simple step. This machine gives you the tools and features you need to personalize, design, and create in a way that shows you care. Dimensions: 24l x 9.5w x 9.5h in.. Can cut materials from vellum to leather. 2x faster, adjustable cutting and writing speed. Design on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Upload your own images for free (.Svg, .Jpg, .Png, .Bmp, .Gif, .Dxf formats). Dual carriage allows for cutting and writing or cutting and storing in one step.
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Cricut Explore Air 2.
Cut intricate details with ultimate precision, from lace stationery designs to fine snowflakes and spider webs for holiday décor.
Use Cricut Pens to make 'handwritten' cards and projects. Choose from over 370 fonts, or use a favorite font from your computer for free. Then sit back and watch Cricut Explore write away!
With the Scoring Stylus, Cricut Explore machines create perfect fold lines for cards, envelopes, boxes, 3D paper crafts, acetate pinwheels, and much more.
Cut And Write Up to 2x Faster.
Make the most of every minute with the new Fast Mode – up to 2x faster cutting and writing for vinyl, iron-on, and cardstock. Get it exclusively with the Cricut Explore Air 2.
Cut 100+ Different Materials.
This machine cuts everything–from thin vellum to thick leather. The Smart Set dial and custom material selection in Design Space put more than 80 different material settings at your fingertips.
Design Anytime. Anywhere.
Are you a designer? Then this one’s for you! Upload and cut out your own artwork absolutely free. Upload files, and turn your masterpieces into home décor, cards, gifts, fashion, and more. Design on your computer, iPad, or iPhone with Design Space–free, cloud-based, easy-to-use software that lets you edit, customize, and preview projects. Choose from ready-to-make projects and thousands of Cricut images, or upload your own designs. Download the Design Space app for iOS to craft on the go, and try our new offline feature to design without an Internet connection!
Your Designs. Our Tools. Endless Possibilities.
Are you a designer? Then this one’s for you! Upload and cut out your own artwork absolutely free. Upload files, and turn your masterpieces into home décor, cards, gifts, fashion, and more.
The Cricut Explore Air and Cricut Explore Air 2 offer wireless cutting, writing, and scoring with built-in Bluetooth.
Choose Your Image.
Find images for every project, holiday, and style in the Cricut Image Library! We offer more than 60,000 images.
Print Then Cut. Simple As That.
Print full-color images and patterns, then watch your Cricut Explore machine cut them out for you! There are more than 50,000 printable images and 920 printable patterns in Design Space. Or you can simply upload your own!
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More importantly, you'll be given a tour of the entire process, from setting up the machine to installing the software with easy instructions and with video's directly from YouTube. There is absolutely nothing difficult about taking this machine out and beginning to use it for whatever crafting projects you have in mind.
I myself got the bug from having spent a few days watching a friend working from his shop where he creates all sorts of items that this machine creates with ease, from vinyl signs, Decals made from vinyl or Sticker paper, custom business cards or Birthday cards, anything you can come up with in a print shop can be made from your own home and at a fraction of the price of one made in a professional shop.
Honestly, this machine can replace your needs for any local shop, unless the dimensions are your main concern, and even in most of those cases, you can still make your own vinyl signs and decals, you'll simply have to limit the size to the available dimensions of the machine, or you'll need to paste together larger pieces on your own. This simply means that instead of having a two foot tall logo that's ten foot long, you would need to make one foot tall segments that can be two foot long each, and simply line them up to create your own sign. Most shops that advertise with vinyl signs don't use letters larger than one square foot anyway, so you'd just be making each square as an individual letter and then line them up yourself, instead of stretching one long strip to make your sign. The work isn't significantly different, so why pay multiples of the price of this machine for one sign, when you can buy the machine and make all the signs you want from that point forward?
Then when you consider that this machine can work in tons of different materials, ranging from paper to vinyl, leather to copper, there really aren't many limits to what you can make with this machine. With a little time and some minimal effort, you'll be making arts and crafts projects that you can give to your friends and family, and sell at any yard sale or flea market within days of arriving at your house.
The best part of all is that this machine is tiny. It's footprint is so small that I have mine setup on a tiny table that was no longer needed in my living room. I simply placed a towel over the table to prevent it from being scratched, and I was set. I'm just now learning how to make more creative designs like custom boxes and bows, but with no time I'll be making those with ease.
My only advice is that if you decide to buy one of these amazing machines, make sure you get everything you'll need to explore your own creativity. Make sure to buy all the add-ons, things like the deep cut blade, the paper crafting tools, the basic crafting tools and the scoring stylus and a set of the color pens for your own messages. From there, buy some quality paper card stock, Oracal 651 vinyl in all the best colors for simple designs or for more intricate designs, making sure to buy all the popular colors such as your primary colors, but also metallic colors such as gold or chrome, get lots of black and white as you'll be using those the most, and without fail, but transfer tape, lots of transfer tape, because having yard after yard of vinyl will do you no good if you can't actually place it on something, so transfer tape is equally important to your needs. Buy more transfer tape/paper than vinyl, because you'll almost always need transfer tape that hangs over the edges of your vinyl cutouts so that you can layer different colors or have the vinyl decal hold in place so that you can align it to whatever your placing it on.
Buy a good exacto blade knife, your going to be using it constantly if you decide vinyl crafting is for you. I'd recommend you purchase a good cutting device, whether that be a guillotine style cutter or rotary cutter, make sure you buy one large enough for your vinyl or paper needs, so it will need to be at least one foot wide and long enough to cut lengths of a foot accurately. Some of those cutters don't come with a space long enough to cut squares of one foot so make sure you chose one with either an extension that will let you measure one square foot, or you'll be guessing beyond the length of the cutting device itself, or you'll need to mark the vinyl somehow and that will end up just eating up your time.
From that point, you can decide if you need specialty materials, things like faux leather, copper foil that's normally found in rolls but also comes in sheets for use with the scoring tool to make beautiful embossed pieces, heat transfer vinyl that comes in several glittery colors or regular colors for making iron on designs that can go on everything from pants or shirts, to caps or other clothing items. They offer magnetic sheets that you can use to make magnetic business cards or decals, printable sticker paper, heat transfer jewels (bedazzle style gemstones), or any other material you wouldn't imagine needing but will find out once you've installed the software on your pc or phone, and are able to browse the online design shop.
Whether your just an everyday tinkerer that needs something to fill your time, or you want to create your own small business out of your living room, this machine is well worth your time and money! Best of all, you don't have to take my word for it, just go on YouTube and research Cricut projects and you'll get a sampling of exactly what you'll be able to make with this amazing machine!
The machine's biggest flaw I've run into is the software. When you are still new to the Cricut or new to crafting in general the Cricut seems like a dream come true. Once you've gotten very skilled with using the machine the software is a hurdle. Design Space is a joke. Because they didn't want to invest in software instead of the web control site they built instead, even with 16GB of DDR4 memory the design space software hits the browser's RAM limit and crashes all the time, losing all your work. It does not have an auto-save feature to help with this either.
Design space makes importing images a chore, being over simplified there are not enough tools and options to completely process a single image into different pieces for layers. Also if you don't do it all during upload, getting it done within design space will add on 3x the effort to just get a clean image you can work with. If you have a graphic that will need to be disassembled into pieces for assembly in design space, you have to upload the image multiple times and manually pull out all the details from each piece, saving them as separate uploads and then inserting them into a single project.
-Once you've gotten past the upload issues, you're in a design space window ready to create. Design space loves to eat RAM. So much so that if your design is complex, the browser will crash or lock up. If these two things don't happen, great. Lucky you.
-Depending on the browser you're using the software will scale images differently on the output getting cut on the mat. So even though you've made super precise designs that all have to fit together just so...your cut is going to be in a different place on the mat that you chose, or the design is not to scale making it useless. Since there is no compensation for this in Design Space, you end up doing a lot of costly trial and error to adjust for the difference in scale. Chrome works best, IE is the worst, Safari isn't much better.
-YOU CANNOT EXPORT ANYTHING. NOTHING. Everything you design belongs to Cricut and is locked into Design Space. If you want to design something in Design Space, then export that for sending to say, a t-shirt shop because you initially were going to make everyone's shirts yourself, but found that it would be too large a job or inefficient on costs...too bad. You're going to do it on the Cricut, or you're not going to do it with Cricut at all.
-There are too few tools for creating free form shapes. I have been trying and trying to use what's there to make a simple shape for a vinyl side stripe for my car.. forget it. The shapes are too generic, and unlocking the L and W dimensions only let's you drag a shape out in ways that won't allow you to change an angle of a curve to make a custom shape..you can work around it with a lot, a LOT of patience and time but will have to settle for simple shapes if you don't have a pre-made vector graphic to upload.
The cutting mats are really cool the way the grid more or less matches with the grid on the screen in Design Space. That said, they lose their sticky very fast for the price tag. If you're using these mats, you'd better keep that clear plastic shipping cover they all come with and stick it back on after every use. I have one mat that I kept the clear sheet on it and one that I did not...the difference is night and day. I've watched videos on how to restore the tackiness of the surface of the mat but it hasn't returned to its original tack, causing anything with a curl to peel up constantly. (like vynil from a roll..a staple of this machine's worth). You're going to need two mats minimum, one standard stick, and one light stick. (Green mat, and light blue mat). Card stock will come apart trying to use a standard stick mat, but peels off excellent on the light stick mat. Vynil on the other hand usually has a curl and needs the standard stick.
This machine is still great, but the longer I use it the more I wish I had bought something that allows you to create things that don't have a Cricut logo on them. This machine is entirely focused on getting you into the Cricut ecosystem, having you subscribe to "Cricut Access", and pushing you into buying Cricut accessories. I have not bought any cartridges, they seem like a throwback to the older machines, pre-Explorer. The cartridges seem like a waste of money, you get some of what you'll actually like and use...and the rest, like an album CD from a singles artist, is junk you'll likely not ever use. Everything that's in the cartridges are available al-la-carte in Design Space allowing you to buy them based on your project need individually..although the prices are stupid expensive for what they are generally. $5.00 for a single font choice. $10 for a project component. If you're not a designer, if you're not THAT serious about crafting and eating from Cricut's hand for content is fine for you, the Cricut is going to be amazing. If you are more skilled than beginner or have become skilled while using the Cricut and are getting more and more advanced, the Cricut begins to lose it's luster.
I've spent hours and hours daily on this device with the Design Space software. I've gone through learning from dozens of hours worth of online tutorials and youtube how-to's.. I've bought hundreds in materials and have dozens of active projects, I am an avid user. Take that for what it's worth, I've beat this thing up and here's what I have found. Hopefully this helps someone else before they buy.