Tried cutting thicker materials on the Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore family of machines and not had much luck. Here are some tips to help you be more successful!

Cutting Thicker Materials with the Cricut

As some of you who follow us know we have had some issues cutting thicker materials with the new Cricut Maker and the Deep-Point Blade. We were trying to cut 12”x12” 1.44mm Grafix Natural Color Chipboard for a bunch of new projects we have coming out. We were told that it was the poor quality of our materials, that we needed to wait for the Knife Blade to come out before cutting thick materials on the Maker, and many other justifications. We knew this material was fine and that it could be cut as we had cut this same material fine before on an Explore machine. Cricut even has a preset for material thicker than what we were trying to cut with the Deep-Point Blade / Deep Cut Blade for both the Maker and the Explore.

We got the hint on this approach from friends after watching Cricut’s own videos. In the examples of thicker materials being cut on the Maker they always positioned the materials towards the center of the mat.

What You Need to Know

After a bunch of testing and investigation here is what we found leads to a good cut most of the time.

You CAN cut 1.44mm Chipboard on both the Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore Machines here’s how.

The Cricut Maker

  1. You are LIMITED to 11” wide materials.
  2. Use the Deep-Point Blade.
  3. Use a StrongGrip Mat.
  4. Create a custom material in Design Space:
    • Cut Pressure: 295
    • MultiCut: 8x
    • Blade Type: Deep-Point Blade.
  5. Move the White Star Wheels on the roller bar all the way to the right side. The Cricut 2mm Chipboard preset does warn you of this, but you are not warned with a custom setting.
  6. Trim your materials to 11”
  7. When placing it on the mat do not put it too close to the left hand edge of the mat. Generally we place it halfway between the 0 and 1 columns on the mat’s grid. We have found that if the materials bump up against the black side roller you can get jagged cuts.
  8. Remember to adjust your cuts in the mat preview so they will be on your material.
  9. Carefully feed the mat into the machine, making sure that you feed the mat in straight.
Cricut Maker Star Rollers moved to the right

Cricut Maker Star Rollers moved to the right

In our testing doing this more times than not, will give you a good cut. If after the first cut you see the materials start to shred a lot, then the machine is not cutting in the same spot. We found this is usually because the mat is not being fed into the machine completely straight. Eject the mat and try again. Check to make sure that the chipboard it not hitting the rollers on the sides of the mat. You may have to change the Multicut depending on how old or new your blade is. In our testing 8x cut all the way through without damaging the mat.

Leaving the White Star Rollers in place will cause marking on the top of your materials. We have also seen where leaving them in place will cause a critical machine error, where the machine turns off and back on and the power light blinks red and white. This can also happen if you don’t trim the materials so they do not go under the White Star Rollers when moved over to the far right side.

The Cricut Explore (Original, Air, One, & Air 2)

  1. You can cut with a full 12”x12” material.
  2. Use the Deep-Point Blade.
  3. Use a StrongGrip Mat.
  4. Create a custom material in Design Space:
    • Cut Pressure: 295
    • MultiCut: 8x
    • Blade Type: Deep-Point Blade.
  5. Carefully feed the mat into the machine, making sure that you feed the mat in straight.
  6. You will see some marking from the roller wheels on the top of your material. If a clean surface is important with your finished product keep this in mind when preparing your cuts. You may need to flip a cut so the face you want to use is facing the mat when cut so marks are left on the back side.

In our testing doing this more times than not, will give you a good cut. If after the first cut you see the materials start to shred a lot, then the machine is not cutting in the same spot. We found this is usually because the mat is not being fed into the machine completely straight. Eject the mat and try again. Check to make sure that the chipboard is not hitting the rollers on the sides of the mat. You may have to change the Multicut depending on how old or new your blade is. In our testing 8x cut all the way through without damaging the mat.

Following the steps above with either machine should product great cuts. Just remember the Maker can only cut thick materials at 11” wide, not 12.

Cricut Limitations

Please keep in mind the machine’s limitations when trying out new materials.

While the Explore & Maker machines can cut a wide variety of materials, Cricut does not guarantee that they will be able to cut all materials. If your material is not listed here, you can still give a try with the closest matching material’s settings, provided the thickness of your material is less than 2.0 mm for Explore, and less than 2.4 mm for Maker.

https://help.cricut.com/help/cricut-explore-materials-settings (Oct 2017)

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