Cricut Maker 3

Cricut Maker 3: Everything You Want to Know


Cricut Maker 3 is the new, next-generation smart cutting machine in the Cricut cutting ecosystem. Let’s have a look at what it is and what it does!

Cricut Maker 3 with older machines in background

Introducing Cricut Maker 3


You know, I’m getting a little tired of saying, “The Big Brains at Cricut have done it again!”

But they’ve gone and done it, and now I’m here saying it.


It’s been almost four years since Cricut shook up the smart cutting game with its revolutionary Cricut Maker, a brilliant machine that is still going strong today. But as all companies must do, Cricut began planning for its successor years ago.

Taking advantage of faster and more powerful servo motors and a host of other technological improvements since the launch of Maker in August of 2017, Cricut has developed an incredibly power machine in Maker 3 – one that is faster than its predecessor and can cut in ways the Maker simply cannot.

This is Cricut Maker 3, and it is a force to be reckoned with.

Cricut Maker 3

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Wait, what about Cricut Maker 2??

You mean you don’t remember??

Nah, I’m kidding you. There is no Maker 2. Never was, never will be. They skipped a number to keep the nomenclature consistent between Maker 3 and Explore 3. They’ve also dropped the “Air” from the Explore series.

From now on, I expect we will see the two machines upgraded on similar timelines.

Cricut Maker 3 vs Cricut Maker

Okay, so what are the differences?

In a nutshell, the key differences are speed, matless cutting and cut length. Let’s take a closer look at these and some other differences.


Everybody wants faster these days, and the same goes for smart cutting machines. Every minute you sit waiting for your cut to finish is a minute not spent crafting! With its upgraded motors, Cricut Maker 3 can cut up to twice as fast as Maker with up to ten times the cutting force.

Matless cutting

If you’re familiar with Cricut Joy, then you know about Smart Materials and matless cutting. Cricut has developed a suite of three Smart Materials to work with Cricut Maker 3 – Smart Iron-On, Smart Vinyl and Smart Paper.

cricut smart vinyl

These Smart Materials have been designed to be used without a cutting mat. Yep, kiss those suckers goodbye! (Well, no, don’t do that – you’ll still need them for certain cuts.)

But here’s the best part about Smart Materials. Because you’re no longer tied to a cutting mat, you can make really long cuts!

How long can I cut with Maker 3?

That depends on the material. With Smart Iron-On, you can cut a single image that is 11.7 inches wide by 4 feet long. With a repeating image, you can go even longer!

With Smart Vinyl, you can cut a single image that is 11.7 inches wide and 12 feet long! Oh, the possibilities!

Smart Paper is a little more tame at 11.7 inches by 11.2 inches, though if you use a 24 inch cutting mat, you can cut Smart Paper up to 11.5 inches by 23.5 inches.

What is Smart Paper?

Smart Paper is an adhesive-backed paper that you can cut without a mat, then just peel and stick. It’s like Cricut is trying to make crafting easier or something. Weirdos!

Oooh, a Roll Holder!

Because you can make really long cuts with Smart Materials, Cricut will be offering rolls in 3 feet, 9 feet, 12 feet, 21 feet and 75 feet.

Yes! Seventy Five Feet!!

To hold those rolls (over 4 feet) and keep things running smoothly, Cricut will be selling the Roll Holder accessory.

cricut maker 3 and roll holder

The Roll Holder has a built-in trimmer that makes it a cinch to get a clean and straight edge after every cut.

Updated controls

The Maker 3 has a new intuitive control interface which introduces the universally-acknowledged “play” triangle for starting cuts.

Cricut Maker 3 Controls

Okay, so what’s staying the same?

Tool compatibility

Both Maker and Maker 3 work with the same suite of 13 tools for cutting, writing, scoring, and other professional-level effects.

tools for cricut maker 3

Material compatibility (not including Smart Materials)

Maker and Maker 3 can both cut over 300 materials including fabric, balsa wood, leather, and chipboard.

Print then cut

Both Maker and Maker 3 support print and cut capability on white and colored materials.

What happened to Fast Mode?

Fast Mode on Maker allows you to cut up to twice as fast with certain cuts – namely the less complicated ones. Since Maker 3 cuts twice as fast even on the intricate cuts when using Smart Materials, there was no longer a need for Fast Mode, so Cricut retired it for the new materials. However, Fast Mode will still be an option when cutting materials on a mat.

What does Maker 3 come with?

In the box you’ll find:

  • Cricut Maker 3 (woohoo!)
  • Fine-Point Blade and blade housing (pre-installed in the B clamp – they make it so easy)
  • Accessory adapter (pre-installed in the A Clamp – am I the only one bothered by the fact that the A clamp is for accessories and the B clamp is the primary one?)
  • Quick start guide (to go with the whole “fast” theme)
  • Safety document (who doesn’t love a good lecture!)
  • Warranty document (dude, we got you covered!)
  • USB cable (for those who think Bluetooth is a dental condition)
  • Power adapter and power cord (how thoughtful! I hate when those are sold separately!)
  • Material for test cut (“test cut?” LOLOLOL)
  • Bonus materials (because you’re special)
cricut maker 3 with pen

In the box you won’t find:

  • Lobster
  • A diamond ring
  • Tennis shoes
  • A dry martini
  • Your marbles
Cricut Maker 3

Hey, what are they going to do with the original Cricut Maker?

Rumor has it they’ll be retrofitting it with a heating element and rebranding it as the Cricut Grilled Cheese Maker. No word yet on pricing.

I’m kidding! The world just isn’t ready for a Cricut Grilled Cheese Maker.

For now, Cricut will continue to sell the Maker at a lower price point. I’m sure it will take some time for them to work through their inventory. My guess is that it will be phased out at some point in the future, but I don’t think it’ll be anytime soon.

I’m so angry, I just bought a Maker!

I understand the frustration, but the Maker and its ecosystem aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Just as Apple releases a new phone just about every year, it was inevitable that Cricut would continue to innovate and release a new Maker. I know some people are angry that Cricut didn’t announce beforehand that they were developing the Maker 3, but it would have been a really bad business decision if they had. Products like these rely heavily on Intellectual Property (IP), and the smallest IP leak can be disastrous if a competitor gets the info and beats them to market with a competing product.

I look at it this way: if I had just bought a Maker before the Maker 3 was released, I’d know that I’d be first in line for the Maker 4. But if I’d bought a Maker 3, I probably wouldn’t get a Maker 4.

It’s delayed gratification!

How much will Cricut Maker 3 cost?

$399.99 at launch. This is the same price that Maker launched at back in 2017.

Cricut Maker 3

When and where can I buy a Maker 3?

Cricut Maker 3 will be available for purchase on on June 10, and it will be available in stores on June 27.


Handan and I have been busy putting our Cricut Maker 3 through its paces. We really love the ability to make long cuts, and we put it to good use for our DIY Indian Bone Inlay Cabinet.

DIY Indian Bone Inlay Living Room Cabinet -

Cutting those long stencils was a breeze with Maker 3!

We’re working on an amazing project as I write this – it’ll be another long-cut project using the Maker 3, and we think you’re going to love it!

Stay tuned for more!

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  1. I heard that the Maker3 only cuts faster with Smart Materials, if you use a mat with Htv, does it go faster than the original? Or with any of the other materials, ie, chipboard? I started a cut and it had to make 12 passes, the time was estimated at over 4 hours, I cancelled it! Thanks!

    1. That is correct. With Smart Materials, Maker 3 cuts twice as fast. It cuts the same speed when using a mat, whether vinyl or fabric or wood. And yes, it can take a long time to cut an intricate design in chipboard or balsa. When doing a project with those materials, there’s no choice but to allocate some time for the cut and then go do something else for a while! 🙂

  2. Greg, I am sorry I can not do anything you are doing…as everything is great that I have seen..As of lately things are not as I expected,,as my house burned down..Husband did not pay the insurance bill.. I can watch you on phone but can’t do anything else..

    1. Hi Shelley, I’m so sorry to hear this. I’ll keep you guys in my prayers. Greg will be emailing you shortly to see how you guys are doing.