You may have seen that the latest and greatest Cricut Machines – Cricut Maker™ 3 and Cricut Explore™ 3 – are compatible with Smart Materials™. But what are Smart Materials and how do you use them? We’ve compiled this guide to Cricut Smart Materials to help you understand more about these clever Vinyl, Iron-on and Paper products. (If you haven’t met Cricut Maker 3 and Cricut Explore 3 yet, you can find out about them here.)
What are Smart Materials?
Cricut Smart Materials are consumables that are designed to feed directly into your Cricut Maker 3 or Cricut Explore 3 machine without a mat. The latest and greatest machines in the Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore families — Cricut Maker 3 and Cricut Explore 3 — have more processing power, more memory, and more powerful motors. These enhancements were all designed to drive Smart Materials accurately, at high speeds, and to keep them perfectly aligned, even for your most intricate cuts.
Just feed your choice of Smart Vinyl™, Smart Iron-on™, or Smart Paper Sticker Cardstock™ into the machine guides, press the Load button, and the machine takes it from there. As there’s nothing to prepare, you can concentrate on the best part — making.
No Longer Limited by the Mat
Before Cricut Maker 3 and Cricut Explore 3, cuts were limited to the size of the mat, the largest of which is 12 in x 24 in (30.4 cm x 60.9 cm). Now you can cut beyond them mat with a single image, or repeated images, up to 12 ft (3.6 m) in one go! No more slicing your extra-long birthday banners, wall decals & so much more.
Meet the Smart Materials Family
The all-new Smart Vinyl is available in both permanent and removable varieties. It also comes in a wide array of colours, effects, and material lengths from 3 ft (0.9m) to 75 ft (22.9m). It’s super easy to weed, and apply, so you can add a personal touch to just about anything.
Removable Smart Vinyl
Recommended for indoor projects as well as temporary creations, Removable Smart Vnyl is durable, yet it removes without residue. Now you can apply a wall decal without the worry of removal. Enjoy a residue-free surface whenever you are ready for something new, and if you are renting you can still decorate in your choice of style!
Permanent Smart Vinyl
The weather-resistant finish of Permanent Smart Vinyl is ideal for outdoor projects or any project that you want to last and last. Why not add your business logo to your car or your favourite quote to a sign? Looking to make the most of summer in the garden? Why not decorate your table, chairs, or tablemats? Permanent Smart Vinyl is also suitable for items that will be washed such as glasses, cups or mugs.
The all-new Smart Iron-on cuts beautifully, weeds easily, and applies effortlessly. Now you can wear your creativity on your sleeve, your pocket, or on your leggings. Layer colours, and rest easy with your T-Shirt in the laundry bin – Cricut Smart Iron-On has been tested to outlast 50+ washes. Available in a variety of colours, effects and lengths from 3 ft (0.9 m) to 9 ft (2.7 m).
Smart Paper Sticker Cardstock
No glue, no mess! Skip the glue for hassle-free paper projects with Smart Paper Sticker Cardstock. Simply cut, peel, and stick. Create fun cards, bold banners, attractive posters, and layered paper projects of all kinds. Smart Paper Sticker Cardstock comes in 13 in (33 cm) x 13 in (33 cm) sheets.
Added Extras for Smart Materials.
The Cricut Roll Holder is the perfect accessory. It keeps rolled Smart Materials organised, and aligned, for clean, precise cuts. It attaches easily to Cricut Maker 3 and Cricut Explore 3, holds rolls from 4 ft – 75 ft (3m – 22.8 m), and even has a built-in trimmer for a straight edge every time!
When your materials are 13 inches wide, you’ll need tools that are up to the job. The new Cricut 13 inch trimmer is available individually or as part of the Essential Tool Set so you can be sure that when you trim your smart materials they’re clean and precise, ready for loading into the machine for your next cut.
As for Transfer Tape that is longer now too, so you can easily transfer those extra-long projects without a hitch. You’ll find some handy hints and for applying Smart Vinyl with Transfer Tape here.
Tips and Tricks for Smart Materials
Follow these tips to get perfect results from your Smart Materials:
- Align the left material edge with the left material guide on the machine. This step is crucial when cutting more than 3 ft (0.9m).
- Keep your scraps! You can cut leftover Smart Materials on a mat.
- To get the most out of your Smart Vinyl, create a cut box around your image. Once cut, only weed the area around the image. This leaves the backing in place, so it is still wide enough (13 in or 33 cm) to cut your next project without a mat.