Currently, the Cricut Maker is the newest Cricut machine that gives crafters unmatched performance and flexibility in cutting various materials. The other recently released product is the Cricut EasyPress Mini, a really tiny heat press that’s great for small prints and unusual shapes. Take a look below at what these latest machines from Cricut have to offer.
Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPress Mini Specs and Details
|Model||Cricut Maker||Cricut EasyPress Mini|
|Price||Check Price||Check Price|
|Dimensions||21.2″ x 7″ x 5.9″||3.4″ x 2.1″ x 4″|
|Weight||9 lbs||0.8 lbs|
|Max Cutting Area||12″ x 24″||n/a|
|Heat Plate Size||n/a||3.25″ x 1.9″|
|Release Date||August 2017||September 2019|
Cricut’s most powerful cutting machine to date
Though it’s been a few years since it was released, the Cricut Maker is still easily the cutting machine to beat in the market. It offers ten times more cutting force than the previous model, the Explore Air 2, allowing it to cut even more materials than before. It retains the Fast Mode feature which lets you finish working on less intricate designs quicker, and it has a few more storage areas to keep all your crafting tools and accessories organized.
Top New Features
Cricut introduced a new Adaptive Tool System to the Cricut Maker which provides greater versatility and expandability. There are numerous new tools that lets you utilize engraving, scoring, debossing and perforating effects (and more) on your creative projects. It’s also compatible with QuickSwap versions so you can switch between techniques easier.
One of these new tools, the Knife Blade, is capable of cutting through up to 2.4 mm thick materials such as basswood, tooled leather and chipboard. The included Rotary Blade is also even better at cutting fabrics. With the modular design of the Cricut Maker, more tools can be introduced later on to provide more creative options to crafters everywhere.
Should You Get The Cricut Maker?
If you’re new to the crafting scene, the Cricut Maker is well worth the investment as it’s easy and welcoming enough to start learning while remaining easy to expand with additional tools as your expertise develops. You’ll get professional quality cuts on any number of base materials and do even more with them later.
Experienced crafters who’ve been using other cutting machines should find the Cricut Maker to be more versatile with its Adaptive Tool System. It’s especially great if you work with fabrics a lot, as it has a lot of sewing patterns available that can be applied on any type of textile. With its greater cutting power, you’ll find it even more appealing for projects that require thicker materials.
Cricut EasyPress Mini
A compact heat press for unique heat transfer projects
Not content with offering their latest EasyPress 2 in three sizes, Cricut gave crafters even more flexibility with the EasyPress Mini. It’s the smallest of them all, and it can easily be used with one hand. This compact size allows users to iron-on designs on unusually shaped objects and rounded surfaces such as hats, toys, shoes, baby clothing, and more.
Top New Features
As it’s essentially the Cricut EasyPress 2 resized down to fit your hand, there aren’t many new features to speak of. Its ceramic-coated heat plate still heats up evenly, though it’s shaped with a precision tip to reach narrower spaces. Instead of manually entering desired temperatures, selecting heat levels has been simplified into three heat settings to match most materials.
The lightweight build of the EasyPress Mini won’t tire your wrist as you move it along the surface of your project. Unlike the larger models, you’ll need to glide the Mini throughout the heat transfer process to ensure even application. With its ergonomic handle, it isn’t difficult at all. Safety features such as the insulated base and the auto-shutoff were also kept intact.
Should You Get The Cricut EasyPress Mini?
The Cricut EasyPress Mini is very much a specialist machine, so it’s only really recommended if you’re pursuing projects in a smaller scale than the larger Cricut heat presses can handle. You can attempt to use it for larger designs but beware that it’ll take you far longer to finish than if you simply pressed with one of the bigger sizes.
For what it’s designed for, it’s quite fantastic and very easy to use. Not only will these small projects be finally possible, you’ll find heat transfer projects on small items to be incredibly faster and simpler wielding the Cricut EasyPress Mini easily in one hand.
Speculations on Future Releases
What can the Cricut Explore Air 3 or Cricut Maker 2 offer?
No matter how great the Cricut Maker is, there’s always room for improvement. Some of the avenues where Cricut can take future machines, perhaps the Cricut Explore Air 3 or Cricut Maker 2, is improving maximum cutting space, increasing cutting force and diversifying product size. Larger models and enlarging the cutting space limits can make cutting larger designs take less time.
It’s also possible for Cricut to switch the Smart Set Dial of the Explore series to the Adaptive Tool System, so they can focus on offering more tool options for users. Improving on the Cricut Maker is likely more difficult, though they can start by making the cutting machine even easier to use. As it is, a lot of crafters find themselves frustrated by having to work around Design Space limitations and file format restrictions, especially with custom designs.
By giving users an easier time of implementing design ideas, crafters can pour their energies into being more creative instead of looking for workarounds and alternative solutions. Finally, one of the best things about the Cricut Maker is its ability to cut thicker materials, so it should only make sense for future versions to be able to take that further.