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Cricut Maker as low as $339

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[Amazon.ca] Cricut Maker as low as $339

I picked up the Cricut Explore Air 2 last week but this one seems like a deal too for the Maker which is a step up.

Champagne is the best price.

Champagne $339.82
https://www.amazon.ca/Cricut-2003925-Ma ... th=1&psc=1

Blue $364.94
https://www.amazon.ca/CRICUT-INC-PROVO- ... th=1&psc=1
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Newbie
Jun 18, 2013
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Delta
Awesome deal, now to keep the air 2 or sell it, either way this purchase will pay itself off within a month or two
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May 25, 2009
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ajlehman wrote: Awesome deal, now to keep the air 2 or sell it, either way this purchase will pay itself off within a month or two
What do you do?
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Aug 6, 2019
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berta
so is this like a little cnc machine?
not food
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May 15, 2009
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Whats the main difference between this and the Air 2?
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Jul 14, 2021
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Vancouver
my nerd self thought this is a PCB printing machine lol
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MrKing1993 wrote: my nerd self thought this is a PCB printing machine lol

If you can do a UV stencil or uv coated clad it should work. Not sure on sodium persulfate or ferric chloride + vinyl. May work but i'm doubtful.

True pcb machines are expensive to do it all. Vacuum tables, leveling sensors, micro milling tips, silk screen, vias... Unless you need rapid prototype or question security use someone like pcbway. They can do multi layer pretty cheap and fast. $340 is a lot of mailed boards
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Vancouveresque
Oops. Probably would have grabbed this if I hadn't snagged the Explore Air 2 and trashed the box.
Nobody cares which exploitative corporations you give your money to every month. Get that crap out of your signature.
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Ya that chart isnt very helpful.

Anyways based on my research, the Maker can cut more than double the amount of materials due to higher cutting force of 4000g instead of 400g, so literally 10x stronger.

Its also has auto material adjustment instead of the knob thats on the Air 2.

So in conclusions, if you want to cut fabric without a backing, get the Maker, if you want to cut thin pieces of wood, get the maker. If you want to future proof yourself for other materials, get the Maker.
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Delta
Whelp, processed the exchanged for the Explore Air 2 and ordered the Maker.

It is a premium for the Maker, even at this price at almost double, but I'd hate to be down the road and want to try something with a thicker material and be unable to (one thing I want to try is making board game inserts with either foam or balsa wood). At he very least opinions seems to be consistent that the additional power of this unit allows for faster and cleaner cuts of the everything the Explore Air does.
:twisted: In order to save money, you must spend money. :twisted:
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Nov 24, 2013
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Don't know much about this product but from the reviews and questions it sounds like this thing needs to be connected to their servers, there's a limit to the number of uploads you can do, and there's a subscription to bypass the limits. Doesn't sound like a product worth supporting unless you need it badly
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Luckily the Explore Air 2 has been enough for me. The software I must say - has been annoying to work with (Specifically Print then Cut). All I use is personal uploads + on simple papers/ vinyl. I've been using it for sticker cutting with help from photoshop, but I had to make many back and forth files/layers in order to cut specific areas while being able to print the whole thing accurately. You can't edit where you want the image to be cut on the design space so I have to have my transparent image ready on photoshop to be uploaded. You could also blame that I'm still learning.

If they reversed the unlimited upload gimmick, I wouldn't have bought anything Cricut. (They say they're pulling that plan for current and future users - end of 2021)
I think it'd suck to be limited to Cricut's space for all the text/img/projects and have to pay a subscription on top of the already pricy machine.
If you're good with devices, y'all would be better off using an editing software and getting those things elsewhere or making your own (Adobe /Clip Studio/ GIMP/ Affinity or even Procreate).
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Nov 23, 2017
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There’s a new Cricut out, Maker 3. Uses smart materials or something. FYI for those looking for a future proof cricut this may not be the way.
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ryan0462 wrote: There’s a new Cricut out, Maker 3. Uses smart materials or something. FYI for those looking for a future proof cricut this may not be the way.
It cost about $500 - $600
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Jul 16, 2021
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trini_2_d_bone wrote: It cost about $500 - $600
i bought it for 430 last week the cricut maker 3.. still waiting for shipping but if you can wait im sure there willb e more deals.
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I sent the Air 2 back and ordered this @ 339, wife wants to use it with fabric and the maker is the model to go.

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