The Cricut Explore 3 is the latest Cricut cutting machine. This machine is faster than its predecessor and can cut twice up to 12 feet in one go. Plus, Explore 3 is such a fantastic mid-level machine that suits most crafters. It can handle more than 100 materials, making it an ideal option for DIYers and crafters. Even though Explore 3 is not as smart as Cricut Maker 3, it is still the best and most affordable machine. Moreover, it comes with an added bonus to support Smart Materials. Smart Materials lets you load the Cricut materials directly into your machine. Hence, you don’t need to use a cutting mat.
Besides, if you are still unsure about whether you should buy an Explore 3 cutting machine or not, then head to our Cricut Explore 3 review post. Here, we will review its price, features, design, and setup process.
If you are a beginner crafter or DIYer, then the Cricut Explore 3 might be the best fit for you to start. Similarly, if you are upgrading your machine from a smaller Cricut Joy to Explore 3, then it is a solid investment. This machine is a mid-range machine on the market at $319.99. However, this price was just for the machine. But if you are looking for accessories such as a bundle, it may cost more than this.
Moreover, if you need to work on a wide range of materials, you may want to consider the Cricut Maker 3. The Maker 3 can work with over 300 materials and is compatible with 13 tools. Plus, It may cost you $399.
Regarding its features, you will find very little difference between the Cricut Explore Air 2 and the Cricut Explore 3. Both Cricut machines can easily cut over 100 materials. They are also compatible with six tools. However, Explore 3 has the cutting ability to cut Smart Materials. In addition, this cutting machine gives a faster performance.
The benefit of cutting Smart Materials is its hard backing, enabling you to cut without a cutting mat. So when you work on a larger project, it can cut continuously up to 12 feet in length. As a result, it saves so much time.
Another upgrade in Cricut Explore 3 is the Print Then Cut function. In comparison, we could see the Cricut Explore Air 2 that would only work on white materials. But in the case of Explore 3, this is different, meaning it can work on all colors. Especially those who create stickers can find this feature beneficial.
In terms of accessories, you can use almost all those supplies that work with Cricut machines. However, if you love to customize your mug, you can use this Explore 3, which works great with Smart Infusible Ink materials to create mug designs.
The Cricut Explore 3 has a sleek and good-looking design due to its rounded edges, unlike the previous one (Cricut Explore Air 2), which is available in various colors. You can find Explore 3 machines in just one shade (see picture).
Coming to its dimensions, it measures 15 x 17 x 56cm and weighs 10 lbs. Hence, you can keep it anywhere as it won’t eat much workspace.
Plus, you will miss those dials that allow you to select the type of materials. It has now been replaced with a button in line. These buttons are standard Cricut lineups along with the power button, load/unload, go, and pause. Moreover, the cartridge port has been removed. Instead, you can find a handy storage cup space for your pens, tools, or replacement tips. Besides, the machine is operated via Cricut Design Space, just like the Cricut Maker and Joy models.
You will find the setup process super easy, which anyone can do. For this, you will need to download a Cricut Design Space. This app is completely free. You can download this software for various devices, such as (Android, Mac, Windows, and iOS).
The Cricut Design Space is an essential tool where you can edit and make your designs from scratch. Without this app, you can’t run your Cricut Explore 3 machine. Even though the software is free, you can also avail of its subscription service (Cricut Access), which offers thousands of fonts and images and is ready to make projects for just $9.99 a month.
After downloading the software (Design Space app), you can connect to your cutting machine via Bluetooth or USB. Once connected, the app will guide you through the setup process.
Furthermore, it will take you through the first small sample project to brief you on the features of your new machine.
Overall, the Cricut Explore 3 provides endless possibilities for all crafters. It is a budget-friendly machine that can do everything Cricut Maker 3 can. The only limitation is that Explore 3 can cut limited materials. Also, Explore 3 is much faster than its previous model, and it also works with Smart Materials. It also does not make any noise while operating. After all, we rate this Explore 3 machine 4 out of 5. It is great for anyone who doesn’t want to ditch mats and wants to work on Smart Materials to create unique designs easily.