When you first open your Cricut machine box, you won’t have to worry about thousands of tiny parts that you have to assemble or a million adapters for a tool that you don’t even know how to work with. Fortunately, the makers of the Cricut understand that a new purchase is usually for a first-time Cricut user. You should have what will help you finish the project, but not so much that the learning curve becomes overwhelming.
Exactly what you find in the box, however, depends on the model you’re getting. Let’s take a closer look at what comes with the Cricut Maker series.
Cricut Maker Series Parts and Accessories
The Maker series has two machines:
- Cricut Maker
- Cricut Maker 3
The biggest difference between the two is age. The Cricut Maker can cut over 300 types of material and use 13 different tools. Despite the new Maker model, namely the Cricut Maker 3, the original product is still a favorite among Cricut users (especially because you can purchase it at a lower price point).
The Cricut Maker 3 is just as powerful as the Cricut Maker but cuts twice as fast and uses smart materials. Smart materials don’t require a mat and can allow cutters to cut longer projects.
What’s in the Box?
The original Cricut Maker comes with the Cricut Maker machine, cutting materials up to 24″ long and 12″ wide. Though it may not have Smart material capabilities, it does come pre-installed with a rotary blade and drive housing. You’ll also find the premium fine-point blade and blade housing, which comes pre-installed in the B clamp.
Installed in the A clamp is the pen and accessory adapter. In terms of mats, you’ll receive one 12″ x 12″ fabric grip mat and one light grip mat of the same size. You’ll also have access to the Cricut Design Space software.
Other things you should expect to see are a:
- Welcome book
- Quick Start Guide
- USB cable
- Power adapter
- Materials for a test cut
If you purchased the newer version of the Cricut Maker, the Cricut Maker 3, you’ll receive the optimized machine, the premium fine-point blade and blade housing, and an accessory adapter. You can find both the blade housing and adapter pre-installed in the same clamps. You’ll also receive the following:
- Quick Start Guide
- Safety document
- Warranty document
- USB cable
- Power adapter and power cord
- Material for a practice project
- Bonus materials
If you’re a new subscriber, you’ll get a month’s free trial of Cricut Access and 50 free design projects.
If you’re reading this article before you get your hands on a user guide, here is an explanation of some of the materials you’ll receive. We left out user guides and cables as these are more straightforward accessories.
Rotary Blade & Drive Housing
The rotary blade and drive housing are included in the original Cricut Maker. This tool lets you cut designs for sewing projects.
Premium Fine-Point Blade + Blade Housing
The fine point blade comes with the Cricut Maker and Cricut Maker 3. It is useful for light to medium weight materials. Its design is made to resist wear and breakage. You only get one in the machine box, but you can purchase a blade and replacement from the Cricut website.
Pen and Accessory Adapter
This adapter lets you hold either a pen or scoring stylus so you can write with your Cricut machine. You can find this accessory in both Cricut Maker series machines and the Cricut Explore series.
Use the FabricGrip mat when you’re using the rotary blade on most materials like denim, cotton, polyester, and more.
This grip mat is useful for lightweight non-fabric materials, light cardstock, and vellum.
What If I Want Different Blades?
Cricut offers plenty of different blades for their machines, and they all work with the Cricut Maker series. Unfortunately, you can’t choose which ones you receive. Again, they give you enough to start out with, not the whole kit. So, if you do want a different blade, you’ll need to purchase it online.
Your other blade options include:
- Engraving tip
- Deep point blade
- Bonded fabric blade
- Quickswap housing
We suggest learning the basics first and purchasing blades based on specific projects. The same applies to other accessories like Cricut cutting mats, although you may want to invest in a standard grip mat to open up your initial project options.
What Kind of Test Materials Will I Receive?
When Cricut says they include materials for a test cut, don’t get too excited. They didn’t put in their premium vinyl. What they will include is a premade card with a kite. This should be enough to help you through the initial setup process and first cut.
Does the Cricut Maker Come with a Heat Press?
If you’re looking forward to cutting for iron-on projects, you will need to purchase the Cricut Heat Press or any heat press, for that matter, separately. The Cricut brand currently sells four different Heat Press sizes.
Do I Need to Purchase Cricut Design Space Separately?
In DIY good news, both the Cricut Maker and Cricut Maker 3 come with the Cricut Design Space software. All Cricut machines do. Design Space is a cloud-operated software, so all you need to do is register your machine, make an account, and you’ll have access to it anywhere you and your Cricut go. You can even download a mobile app for both iPhone and Android.
What’s Included with Cricut Design Space
Once you get started on Cricut Design Space, you’ll have access to thousands of pre-loaded images, fonts, and project ideas. If you purchase a Cricut Access membership, you’ll have unlimited access to so much more. The Cricut Maker 3 comes with a Cricut Access free trial and you can also access Cricut Design Studio.
Honestly, the most exciting thing that comes with a Cricut is the Cricut itself. Sure, you need everything else to cut with the machine, but the Cricut Maker is such a lovely tool for any DIY enthusiast.