Setting up the new Cricut machine is thrilling, but it can also be daunting! This blog post is for you if you need to install a new Cricut machine. I’ll walk you through the simple steps to finish the setup procedure so you can get started on your first project!

Congratulations! You’ve just gotten a new Cricut machine from the store, which is really exciting. You’re finally ready to unpack it and place it in your craft area. You understand that you must first set it up before you can create your first Cricut project, but where do you begin?

I understand how confusing it might be to set up a new Cricut machine for the first time. This is where this blog article comes into play. It’s a step-by-step tutorial to take your new Cricut out of the box and up and running so you can start crafting projects.

Don’t worry if you’re a complete novice. With comprehensive step-by-step directions, this blog article will walk you through the whole procedure for setting up a brand new Cricut. And, once we’ve finished configuring the computer, we’ll go over some crucial tips and techniques to ensure you make the most of your new system.

What exactly is cricut.com/setup?

A Cricut is an electronics cutting machine that can create a variety of patterns out of materials such as paper, vinyl, card stock, and iron-on transfers. Some Cricut machines are also capable of cutting leather and wood!

You can use the Cricut to cut almost anything that you could cut with scissors or an X-acto knife. However, a Cricut can cut with far greater precision and speed than a human could!

It is a procedure that explains the configuration of the Cricut machine from start to finish. The steps are as follows:

  • First and foremost, get the Cricut machine from an internet market or a retail store.
  • When you receive the product, unbox it and remove the machine’s outer covering.
  • Now connect all of the cords, including the power line to the machine and the power socket.
  • Connect the USB cord to your computer as well as the Cricut machine once more.
  • Go to the cricut.com/setup webpage now.
  • Select the type of your Cricut machine here.
  • Then, in.exe format, download the setup file.
  • Now open the setup file from the downloads folder.
  • But if you’re a first-time user, fill out the Cricut registration form.
  • After that, log in to your Cricut account.
  • Finally, place the material into the tray and do a trial cut.

Cricut Machine Operation

Consider a Cricut cutting machine to be similar to a home printer. Instead of printing your image onto a piece of paper, a Cricut machine cuts the design out of a sheet of paper using a tiny, moveable blade (or other material.)

You begin by creating a design with Cricut’s design programme or app. The design is then sent to the Cricut slicer via Bluetooth or USB. The design is fed into the Cricut machine, which cuts it out with a small, accurate blade.

In layman’s terms, this is how to operate a Cricut.

  • To begin, select your cutting materials and set it on the adhesive cutting mat. (While the Cricut produces the cuts, the cutting mat keeps the material in place.) Fill the machine with the mat.
  • Next, open Cricut Design Space and select a design. Choose your material parameters before sending the design to your Cricut cutting machine.
  • To begin cutting, click the button on your Cricut machine.
  • Remove the mat from the machine and the material from the mat once the machine has finished cutting.

Cricut Setup Instructions

This blog post will walk you through the updated machine setup and make sure your Cricut is up and running! This article will go through the following topics:

  • What’s inside the Cricut box?
  • How to connect and activate your Cricut for the first time
  • How to Get the Design Space Software (It’s Free!)
  • Simple instructions for connecting your Cricut to your computer, iPad, or phone.

Here are the fundamental steps for setting up a new Cricut.

  • Connect your machine and turn it on.
  • Connect the equipment to your computer or mobile device through USB or Bluetooth.
  • To download Design Space, go to Cricut.com/setup.
  • To finish the setup, simply follow the on-screen directions.

Opening the Package

First and foremost, let us open the package. Each Cricut machine type – the Cricut Maker 3, Cricut Explore 3, and Cricut Joy – comes with a few accessories and tools to get you started.

Read my Definitive Guide to Cricut Accessories and Tools for more information on the Cricut tools you truly need.

Let’s take a look at each of the three models.

What’s Included in the Cricut Maker 3 Box?

Cricut Maker 3

You’ll find the following items in the Cricut Maker 3 box:

  • Machine Cricut Maker 3
  • An adaptor for electricity.
  • A USB cable used to connect a computer or smartphone
  • Fine Point Premium The blade and the blade housing
  • Material samples for your first practise cut
  • Cricut Access membership is available for a free trial period.

The original Cricut Maker came with two Cricut mats, a rotary blade, and a Cricut pen, while the new Cricut Maker 3 does not.

If you bought a Cricut Maker 3 package (which I highly recommend), you’ll have access to extra accessories and materials. You’ll receive a selection of Smart Ingredients, transfer tape, Cricut pens, and an Essential toolkit (including weeding tools, a scraper tool, and scissors.)

What’s Included in the Cricut Exploration 3 Box?

You’ll find the following items in the Cricut Explore 3 box:

  • Cricut Explore 3 cutting machine
  • An adaptor for electricity.
  • A USB cable used to connect a computer or mobile device
  • Fine-Point Premium Housing and blade
  • Material samples for your first practise cut
  • New subscribers can get a trial version of Cricut Access subscription.

The earlier Cricut Explore Air 2 included a LightGrip cutting board and a fine-point pen, while the new Cricut Explore 3 does not.

You’ll have suggested ways and materials to open if you buy a Cricut Explore 3 package (always a good idea). Smart Vinyl, Iron-On, transfer tape, Cricut markers, and an Essential Toolbox are among the items included (including weeding tools, a scraper tool, and scissors.)

What is included in the Cricut Joy Box?

The Cricut Joy Box contains the following items:

  • Power adapter for the Cricut Joy machine
  • Cricut Joy Blade with housing 
  • Fine Point Pen 
  • Standard Grip Mat, 4.5′′ x 6.5′′ 
  • Practice Cut Materials

The Cricut Joy does not include a USB cable since it uses Bluetooth wireless technology to connect to your smartphone or tablet device.

If you buy a Cricut Joy package, you’ll also get a choice of Smart Materials, such as vinyl, iron-on, and smart labels.

Layout of a Cricut Machine

I’m sure you’re excited to learn everything there is to know about your new Cricut maker now that you’ve opened the box and put out all of your accessories.

Tour of the Cricut Maker 3 Machine

Let me show you around your new Cricut Maker 3 slicer.

Cords

The power cord is plugged into the machine’s rear. The USB wire is plugged into the USB port on the machine’s right side.

The Machine on Its Own

Lift the cover to open the machine. The entrance door will automatically open. When you initially open the machine, you’ll see a piece of protection foam wrapped from around carriage/tool clamps. You are free to delete it.

The tool clamps A and B, which retain the blades and pens, are visible within the machine. You’ll also notice the mat guides, which aid in the alignment of the Smart Material and cut mats. Finally, you’ll notice the roller bars that move the mat as the machine cuts.

Inside the entrance door, there is a box for storing tools and pens. There is also a tool cup on the machine’s left side, which is ideal for storing weeding tools and tweezers.

There’s also a space in the lid for holding your tablet or smartphone while using the machine.

Buttons

The Power cord turns on and off the machine.

Smart Materials and cutting mats are loaded and unloaded into the machine using the Load key (up and down arrows).

When the equipment is ready to cut, the Go button (triangle) illuminates. To begin cutting your projects, use the Go button.

And the Pause button (vertical lines) brings the machine to a halt.

Design Area

If you haven’t already, go to Cricut.com/setup and activate your machine. You may also create a new machine within the Design Space app. Click the menu icon, followed by “New Product Setup.” Choose your Cricut model and follow the on-screen instructions.

When it’s time to swap out tools and pens in the tool clamps, the Design Space app will notify you.

Tour of the Cricut Explore 3 Machine

Let me show you around your new Cricut Discover 3 cutting machine.

Cords

The power cord is plugged into the rear of the device. The USB wire is plugged into the port on the machine’s right side.

The Machine on Its Own

To open the machine, hit the Open button on the upper left side of the machine. The lid will rise up, and the front entrance will automatically open. When you initially open the machine, you’ll see a piece of protection foam wrapped around the carriage/tool clamps. You are free to delete it.

The tool clamps A and B, which retain the blades and pens, are visible within the machine. You’ll also notice the mat guides, which aid in the alignment of the Smart Materials and cut mats. Finally, you’ll notice the roller bars that move the mat as the machine cuts.

Inside the entrance door, there is a tray for storing tools and pens. There is also a tool holding cup on the machine’s left side where you may store your plucking tools and tweezers.

You may utilise a slot in the lid to hold your smartphone or tablet while using the machine.

Buttons

The Home button turns on and off the machine.

Smart Materials and cutting mats are loaded and unloaded into the machine using the Load key (up and down arrows).

When the equipment is ready to cut, the Go button (triangle) illuminates. To begin cutting your projects, use the Go button.

And the Pause button (vertical lines) brings the machine to a halt.

Design Area

If you haven’t already, go to Cricut.com/setup and activate your machine. You may also create a new machine within the Design Space app. Click the menu button, followed by “New Product Setup.” Choose your machine model and follow the on-screen instructions.

When it’s time to swap out pens and equipment in the two clamps, the Design Space app will notify you (A and B).

Tour of the Cricut Joy Machine

Let’s take a look at your new Cricut Joy metal cutting together. The Cricut Joy is more simple than the other machines.

Cords

The power wire is connected at the rear. Because Cricut Joy communicates through Bluetooth, there is no need for a USB wire.

The Machine on Its Own

Flip the cover down to open the machine. When you initially open the machine, you’ll see a piece of protection foam wrapped all around the carriage/tool clamp. You are free to delete it.

Inside the machine, there is only one tool clamp that retains the blade or pen. You’ll also notice the mat guides, which aid in the alignment of the Smart Material and cutting mats. Finally, you’ll notice the roller bars that move the mat as the machine cuts.

The Cricut Joy has no storage tray or tool cup.

Buttons

There are no buttons on the Cricut Joy. You’ll find all of the “buttons” you’ll need within the Design Space software. Load the material after clicking the Go button in the Design Space app. The Cricut Joy will input the fabric, measure it, and start cutting. Before removing the material from the machine, be sure you empty it by pressing the button on Design Space.

Design Area

If you haven’t already, go to Cricut.com/setup and activate your machine. You may also create a new machine within the Design Space app. Click the menu icon, followed by “New Product Setup.” Choose your machine model and follow the on-screen instructions.

When it’s time to swap out pens and instruments in the single clamp, the Design Space app will notify you.

Installing a New Cricut Machine

It’s time to set up your computer after you’ve opened the box and connected it in.

If you have the option, I recommend connecting your Cricut to a desktop or laptop computer. (You can set up a machine with a phone or mobile device as well; it’s simply not my choice.)

How to Connect a Cricut to a Computer:

  • Open a web browser and navigate to cricut.com/setup.
  • Download the Cricut Design Space app on your desktop.
  • Create and sign in using a Cricut ID by following the on-screen prompts.
  • Select your machine on the following screen.
  • To turn on the machine, plug in the power wire and push the Power button.
  • Connect this machine to your computer using the provided USB cable, or couple it through Bluetooth. (Bluetooth is required for joy machines.)
  • Design Space may now ask you to wait while it refreshes your machine.
  • Then, Design Space will invite you to register your machine and offer you a free trial of Cricut Access Subscription.
  • We can now make the first cut! To create your first project, complete the remaining steps.

How to connect a Cricut to a mobile device:

This procedure is quite similar to the one described above, except that it is carried out via the Design Space app for smartphones or iPads.

  • Download the Design Space application.
  • Start the app and sign in or establish a Cricut ID.
  • Select Machine Setup from the menu. Choose your machine model.
  • Plug in the Cricut machine and switch it on by following the on-screen directions.
  • Bluetooth connects your Cricut machine to your Android or iOS device.
  • When Design Space offers you to perform the first test cut, you’ll know the setup is complete.

How can I install Cricut on my Windows computer?

To install Cricut on your Windows computer, follow these steps:

  • Turn on both your Cricut machine and your computer.
  • Then, under Windows, go to the Bluetooth settings and enable Bluetooth.
  • Click the Add a device button once more.
  • A new tab appears, prompting you to pick the device type.
  • Choose a Bluetooth device.
  • Then click on it and choose the Cricut Bluetooth name.
  • The names will be Explore, Joy, and Maker in general.
  • Whichever of these three names appears, you must push it.
  • After that, press the pair option.
  • It will occasionally prompt you to input your password.
  • Inputting a password is as simple as entering ‘0000’ or ‘1234.’
  • Finally, launch your computer’s web browser.
  • In the browser, navigate to the cricut.com/setup page.
  • Then, after deciding on the Cricut maker and model, click the download button.
  • Don’t forget to check the box before you start.
  • Now, navigate to the download site.
  • Launch the Cricut Design Space app and provide it the necessary rights.
  • Then, enter the item setup mode to generate the Cricut id.
  • Enter information such as your email address, password, name, and country.
  • Now, validate that your Cricut machine is connected successfully.
  • Finally, proceed to choose any of the design templates available in the Cricut design space programme.
  • These designs are used for confirmation and trial cuts.
  • So choose your designs.
  • Insert the appropriate material into the Cricut machine’s material tray.
  • Select the load-up option.
  • Finally, push the start button.
  • This is the configuration for your Windows device.

How to Connect a Cricut Machine to a Computer

Connect the device to your computer via the USB connection or Bluetooth pairing. In your browser, navigate to design.cricut.com/setup. Design Space for Desktop to be downloaded and installed (help article). Sign in or establish your Cricut ID and set up your new machine by following the on-screen instructions.

What materials are required to get begun with Cricut?

When you purchase a Cricut, it will come with several of the accessories you need to get started. You’ll find a blade, a mat, a pen, and material samples for your first project inside the package. If your device is suitable, you will also receive a charging cord and a USB cable.

Following that, you’ll want to go out and get some more stuff so you can keep making it. Shop for lovely scrapbooking paper, cardstock, and vellum if you enjoy paper projects. You’ll need adhesive vinyl, iron-on vinyl, and transfer tape if you want to make vinyl crafts.

I also recommend purchasing a few affordable hand tools to make using your Cricut more easier. Cricut has a few starter kits available, including a Basic Tool Set and an Important Tool Set, both of which feature essential handheld instruments such as tweezers, a weeding tool, scissors, a tiny spatula, scraper, a scoring stylus, and a paper trimmer.

Which Cricut is best for a beginner?

The Cricut Explore 3 is the greatest Cricut machine for a novice on a budget. The Cricut Explore 3 is the most popular machine from Cricut, and for good reason! It can cut over 100 different materials, including cardboard, vinyl, iron-on, and specialty materials such as glitter paper, cork, and bonded fabric. It’s not the fastest or quietest cutting machine, but it gets the job done and is ideal for beginners.

Cricut machines from the past

When looking for a used Cricut, you can come across earlier versions such as the Cricut Explore, Cricut Explore One, or Cricut Explore Air. Despite the fact that these three models have been discontinued, they are still compatible with the current edition of Cricut Design Space.

Design cartridges are used in other heritage models such as the Expression and Gyspy. Cricut no longer supports these older machines, and they do not compatible with Design Space.

The Cricut Cuttlebug is a distinct sort of manual end up dying machine that is also no longer available.