Cricut Maker 3: What’s New + What Can It Do?

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Introducing the all NEW Cricut Maker 3! The ultimate cutting machine is now smarter and faster than ever!

Cricut Maker 3 and Cricut Explore Air 3 Machines on wood work table

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Have you heard the news? Cricut just announced a BRAND NEW cutting machine – the Cricut Maker 3!

(Actually, they just announced TWO new machines! You can read about the new Cricut Explore 3 here!)

Cricut Maker 3 machine with pink Smart Vinyl on desk with other Cricut materials

Cricut Maker 3 will be available online on June 10th and in stores on June 27th!

The brand new Cricut Maker 3 is the ultimate smart cutting machine for all of your crafting needs! Cricut Maker 3 cuts hundreds of materials quickly and accurately, from the most delicate fabrics and papers to heavy chipboard, basswood, and leather (and, of course, it still cuts your favorite vinyl and iron-on materials, too!).

The Cricut Maker combines the power of a commercial-grade professional machine with the simplicity of Cricut, and now, Maker 3 is even smarter and faster than ever! Let’s dive in and take a look at all of the features of the Cricut Maker 3what’s new? and what can it do?

Introducing the All-New Cricut Maker 3!

The power of a professional machine. The simplicity of Cricut.

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What’s New? How is Cricut Maker 3 Different?

First and foremost, Cricut Maker 3 can now cut MATLESS! 🎉🎉🎉

Yep, that’s right! With new 13″ wide Smart Materials like Smart Vinyl, Smart Iron-On, and Smart Paper, the Maker 3 can cut up to 12 feet in length without a mat! Simply load the Smart Material into the machine and go!

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The new Cricut Roll Holder (sold separately; compatible with both Maker 3 and Explore 3) holds large rolls of vinyl and iron-on in place during cutting and even has a handy built-in trimmer!

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The new materials also allow the Cricut Maker 3 to cut up to 2x faster than the original Maker at speeds of up to 8 inches per second when cutting Smart Materials! Now THAT is speedy!

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Faster, longer cuts means that you can create oversized projects with ease, or create a whole bunch of projects for your entire squad in one simple pass! Easy peasy!

hands feeding cutting mat into cricut machine

Of course, you can still use your Cricut Maker 3 with your trusty cutting mats and HUNDREDS of different kinds of materials, too! (Enhanced cutting speeds are exclusive to the Smart Materials, though.)

Hand inserting rotary blade into the Cricut Maker 3 tool carrier system

What Can the Cricut Maker 3 Do?

The main thing that sets the Cricut Maker 3 apart from other cutting machines is its unique and expansive tool system (which currently works with 13 different crafting tools!) that allows you to cut, score, write, deboss, engrave, and more with your machine. The Maker’s Adaptive Tool System intelligently controls the direction and pressure of the blade/tool to intuitively match your materials and has the ability to use up to 10x more cutting force than other cutting machine models.

Cricut Maker 3 cuts over THREE HUNDRED different materials! You could cut a different material each day and not repeat the same thing twice for almost an entire year! Now that’s some serious versatility!

Click here for a full list of materials that can be cut with the Cricut Maker 3.

Cricut Maker 3 tool carrier with Foil Transfer System

Cutting isn’t the only thing that you can do with this new machine, though! The Cricut Maker 3 is compatible with the:

Combining these thirteen tools with over three hundred compatible materials results in a truly limitless amount of creative possibilities! There are SO MANY things the Cricut Maker 3 can do!

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The Maker 3 also includes a USB charging port and a dock for your phone or tablet. You’ll never have to worry about running out of battery life when you’re in the middle of making those late night projects! You can run the Cricut Design Space software right from your IOS or Andriod device in the dock – easy peasy!

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Cricut Maker 3: Frequently Asked Questions

What Are the Differences Between the Cricut Maker Models?

The key differences between the Cricut Maker and the Cricut Maker 3 are speed, cut length, and the ability to cut Smart Materials without a mat. The Cricut Maker 3 can cut Smart Materials at lengths of up to 12 feet long and speeds up to 2x faster than the Cricut Maker’s “Fast Mode.” Cricut Maker is limited to a 12″ x 24″ mat size for cutting.

What Happened to the Maker 2?

The most recent machine in the Cricut Explore family was the Explore Air 2. Because the technological advances for the new Maker 3 and the Explore 3 are similar, Cricut chose to align the names to communicate those similarities. A Maker 2 model was never released.

cricut with smart materials laid out

What Types of Smart Materials Work with Cricut Maker 3?

The Maker 3 is compatible with:

  • Smart Vinyl (available in a wide variety of colors, effects, and material lengths in both removable and permanent adhesives)
  • Smart Iron-On (available in solids, glitter, and holographic varieties)
  • Smart Paper Sticker Cardstock (backed with double-sided adhesive that allows you to skip the glue for mess-free projects – just peel and stick!)

Cricut does not currently offer a 13″ wide Smart Material for Infusible Ink, but I hope that’s coming in the future!

keychains engraved with cricut maker

What is the Maximum Materials Thickness for Cricut Maker 3?

Cricut Maker 3 can accommodate materials up to 3/32″ of an inch, or 2.4mm thick.

Will I Lose My Cartridges, Projects, or Uploaded Images if I Upgrade to the Cricut Maker 3?

No. Your cartridges (image sets), projects, and uploaded images are linked to your Cricut ID in the Cricut Cloud, not to a machine. Use the same Cricut ID as usual and you’ll still have access to all your content with your Cricut Maker 3.

cricut maker 3 being used in home

The new Cricut Maker 3 is wildly versatile, and now, you have even more ways to make each of your craft projects uniquely and creatively YOU!

I can’t wait to see what you’ll create with your new Cricut Maker 3 machine! What are you going to make first?

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