Cricut Maker 3

Everything you need to know about the new

What is it?

The new Cricut Maker 3 is an upgraded version of the original Maker. It’s faster, it can cut Smart Materials without the mat, and it can cut larger sizes. The width of projects increases to 13″ with the Cricut Maker 3 and up to 21 FEET in length.

New Materials that the Cricut Maker 3 Cuts

The new materials that the Cricut Maker 3 cuts are called Smart Materials. These are a special product that Cricut released that can be cut without a mat. This saves a ton of time and energy, as well as money on mats as they age and lose their stick.

Products You Should Buy for Your Cricut Maker 3

Mats: Keep your mats (or buy new ones). You’ll still want to save smaller scraps of the Smart Materials and you’ll use the mats for older materials too.

Engraving Tip & Strong Grip Mat: I highly recommend picking this up, along with some of the Cricut Aluminum sheets. You need the Strong Grip mat to place your blanks on.

Rotary Blade & Fabric Grip Mat: This is a MUST have if you want to make small detailed fabric projects. This machine would be great for making busy books for kids.

Roll Holder: It helps hold the roll steady and you can go work on another project while the machine cuts that 21′ of vinyl. This just saves you time.

How to Setup Your Cricut Maker 3

I put together this video to show you how to setup your new Cricut Maker 3. I love how Cricut makes this simple so the process isn’t overwhelming for new Cricut owners. This video will walk through the setup and how to do the demo project.

Do I NEED to Upgrade?

No, of course not. The original Cricut Maker will continue to work. Cricut still is supporting the older machines. But this is similar to upgrading your cell phone– you upgrade for better features, not because you can’t make phone calls with it anymore.

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Danielle Pientka

Danielle is a DIY/craft/sewing blogger on  She loves to write about projects that she makes for her small farm, her children, and her home.