Cricut is like a printer, except for your stenciled designs

By Nick Mediati · Published March 18, 2014 at 7:30am.

If you want to make a decorative papercraft…thing, you could use a stencil. You could try cutting it freehand. Or you could try using something like the Cricut.

The Cricut is essentially a consumer-level CNC machine, a computer-controlled piece of equipment used to cut objects out of metal, wood, ceramic, or just about any material you can think of. The Cricut takes this concept and applies it to a more home-friendly piece of equipment that’s geared toward crafting fans and others with a DIY bent. Come to think of it, it kind of resembles a typical inkjet printer.

Using the Cricut, you can cut through paper and fabric, as well as vinyl and acetate, according to its creators. You can use an online design tool to create your own cutouts, but you can also purchase designs for 99 cents each. The hardware is reasonably affordable, too: The Cricut Mini starts at $99, while more advanced units are priced up to around $300.

I have yet to use a Cricut, but it looks to be a pretty slick piece of equipment, assuming it works as advertised. Learn more by visiting the Cricut website.


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