There is a new Cricut machine called the Cricut Explore that will be available next month on HSN. Rumors have been floating around about this possibility for a while. It has been a while since the last Cricut machine was released. From what I have heard so far it sounds like this new machine will overcome some of the problems with previous machines.
My friends Joy (Obsessed with Scrapbooking) and Melanie (Courtney-Lane Designs) are at a special event in Utah where the machine is being released. When I talked to them tonight (Monday) they were very impressed by what they had seen so far. They will be getting some hands on experience with the machine on Tuesday
Joy did a video of the keynote presentation by the Provo Craft CEO and you can see it on her blog HERE along with some basic facts about the machine and the software. This machine will work with an iPad and it cuts perfect circles and scallops - that's great news!
|Image from HSN - click HERE to see the introductory video|
The Explore has a dual holder so you can use a pen and a blade or an embossing tool and a blade without stopping to change. It is also supposed to be much quieter than any of the current Cricut machines.
There will be lots more information available on Tuesday as official release events take place. If you are on the Cricut.com mailing list, you should be getting some information by email on Tuesday (you probably have been receiving some "teasers" about this new machine over the past week or so).
The retail price is $299 (MSRP) and you will be able to cut SVG files and true type fonts. Single images will be sold for $0.99 and there will be an option to subscribe for $9.99/month to have access to half of the images in the 50,000 image Cricut library (it is not yet clear which images are included in the subscription).
I have always been bothered by the lopsided circles and scallops I get on some cuts with the current Cricuts and I would love to be able to cut designs that look just like the ones in the handbooks. It will take a few days for all of the details to be communicated and I am looking forward to finding out more about this machine's capabilities. I may have to see if there is room for another machine in my craft space!
Have you heard about this machine? What do you think about it so far? What would be the strongest reason you would consider buying it - especially if you already have multiple machines?
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