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Cricut Maker: Knife blade cut time expectations

Thicker materials require multiple cut passes with gradually increasing pressures. This means that Knife Blade cuts will take significantly more time than when cutting thinner materials with other blades.  

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How to swap Scoring Wheel tips

Replacing scoring wheel tip

  1. Press and hold plunger on top of QuickSwap™ Housing to release tip.  

  2. Gently remove tip.  

  3. While pressing plunger, align flat areas inside new tip with flat sides of housing, then slide tip into place....

Replacing the Knife Blade

Blade changing diagram 1-4

Blade changing diagram 3-7

  1. Remove Knife Blade Drive Housing from machine, then place changing cap completely over the blade and sleeve on housing. 
  2. Using the changing cap, twist counterclockwise to completely...

Knife Blade: Preparing materials

Before cutting with Knife Blade, always prepare your material and mat following these simple guidelines.

  1. Cut your material down to the size required for your project. Make sure the material is never wider than 11". (Otherwise it will pass under the...

Knife Blade: Cleaning the cutting mat

Materials cut with Knife Blade will generate more dust or debris that will likely stick to the adhesive on your cutting mat. To help prolong the life of your StrongGrip mat, clean it as follows:

  • Remove large debris with tweezers...

FabricGrip mat: Tips and tricks

The FabricGrip mat is made of a stronger, denser material to withstand the intense cutting pressures associated with using the Rotary Blade, making it possible for...

Cricut Tools and Accessories

Whether you're crafting with paper, vinyl, fabric, or thicker materials, Cricut tools help you get the most out of working with your Cricut machine. Learn...

Cricut Maker: Scoring Wheel FAQ

What are Cricut Scoring Wheel tools?

Cricut Scoring Wheel tools were designed especially for Cricut Maker. With the ability to use up to 10X more pressure than the Scoring Stylus, these two new tools — Scoring Wheel and Double Scoring Wheel — create crisp creases in thick and thin materials to make perfect, effortless folds.

Scoring Wheel makes a deep, single score line — perfect for uncoated, light materials, including crepe paper, light cardstock, and even acetate. 

Double Scoring Wheel creates two deep, parallel score lines — exactly what you need for coated or heavier materials like poster board and cardboard. 

Scoring wheels

Can I use Cricut Scoring Wheels with the Cricut Explore family of machines?

No. Cricut Scoring Wheel and Double Scoring Wheel are compatible with Cricut Maker only. They require the power and the drive mechanism that is built into the Cricut Maker Adaptive Tool System.

I don't yet have a Scoring Wheel tool. How do I switch back to Scoring Stylus?

It is easy to select a different scoring or cutting tool. Once you've selected your material, click Edit Tools to confirm your scoring and cutting tool. You can then select Scoring Stylus. 

Edit Tools link

Which types of materials should I use with Scoring Wheel or Double Scoring Wheel?

To see which materials work best with Scoring Wheel and Double Scoring Wheel, view this list.

How do I change a Scoring Wheel tip?

The QuickSwap™ Housing makes changing tips as easy as pushing a button. When your Cricut Maker prompts you to insert Scoring Wheel or Double Scoring Wheel, push and hold the button at the top of the housing to snap on your desired tip. Then release the button, insert the tool into Clamp B, and you’re ready to score. View simple instructions here.

What are the benefits of using a Scoring Wheel as opposed to the Scoring Stylus?

Both Scoring Wheel and Double Scoring take advantage of increased power made possible by Cricut Maker. Utilizing up to 10X the pressure of Scoring Stylus, Scoring Wheel tools create extra-deep score lines that make every fold effortless. This makes possible more crease-and-fold projects than ever before, including breathtaking wearable art, 3D home decor, sculptures, and more.

Can I use a different scoring tool than Design Space recommends?

Yes. Design Space recommends the best tool for the task at hand. However, based on the unique needs of your project or because you may not yet have the recommended tool, you may choose something other than the tool recommended. After selecting your material, you can change your scoring or cutting tool simply by selecting Edit Tools.

Edit tools link

Do I need separate drive housings for Scoring Wheel and Double Scoring Wheel?

No. You only need one QuickSwap™ Housing to use either Scoring Wheel tip.

How do I know when to use Scoring Wheel and when to use Double Scoring Wheel?

Both tools — Scoring Wheel and Double Scoring Wheel — create extra-deep score lines on materials that result in perfect folds and a flawless finish. Design Space will always recommend which tip you need based on the material you are scoring.

Scoring Wheel makes a single crease on the material — perfect for your thinner papers and everyday cardstock.

Double Scoring Wheel makes two parallel creases — exactly what you need to create flawless folds in thicker or specialty materials like coated cardstock. With Double Scoring Wheel, your material will always fold into the score line; this means that most of the time you’ll want to put the “pretty” side (or finished side) of your material face down on the mat. For a list of which material works best for which scoring tip, click here.

What does the "01" and "02" on the tips refer to?

The etched numbers identify which scoring wheel you have. 01 identifies Scoring Wheel, and 02 identifies Double Scoring Wheel.    

Engraving on tips

Can I create a default setting in Design Space that recommends a specific scoring tool?

Not at this time. Depending on the project and material, Design Space will recommend either Scoring Wheel or Double Scoring Wheel by default. To select a different tool, click “Edit Tools” and follow the on-screen prompts.

Edit tools link

Do Scoring Wheel tools need to be calibrated?

No. There is no need to calibrate.

Is Fast Mode available when using Scoring Wheel tools?

No. Fast Mode is only available when cutting and writing on certain materials.  

Which mat should I use when working with either Scoring Wheel?

Any mat. As always, use the mat that is recommended for the material you are scoring.  

Can I create a custom setting for Scoring Wheel or Double Scoring Wheel?

No. There is no way to create a custom pressure setting for Scoring Wheel tools. Any custom material setting you create will be assigned a default scoring setting, which works for most materials. At this time, there is no way to adjust this pressure setting.

Are Scoring Wheel tools compatible with mobile versions of Design Space, like on my phone or tablet?

Yes. Scoring Wheel functionality is compatible with all Design Space mobile apps.

Does choosing “More” or “Less” on Step 1 on the Set, Load, Go screen affect the scoring pressure?

No. Choosing “More” or “Less” affects cut pressures only.  

Can I use the housing from my Rotary Blade for my Scoring Wheel tools?

No. Rotary Blade and Scoring Wheel were designed specifically for their respective housings; they are not interchangeable.

Why did my material crack when using Double Scoring Wheel?

Double Scoring Wheel creates beautiful folds on coated and thicker materials; however it requires that you fold into the crease. If your material cracked at the fold, check to make sure that you didn’t fold against the crease. For most projects, this means putting your material “pretty side” down on the mat before you load it into the machine. If you want to fold “pretty sides” together, place the material “pretty side” up on the mat. For the cleanest look, gently folding only as far as required will also help prevent cracking. For example, if creating a box, fold only 45 - 50 degrees into the fold.

Cricut Maker: Knife Blade FAQ

What materials can I cut with the Knife Blade?

The Knife Blade can cut the following materials. Click the links below to learn more about cutting different materials with the Knife Blade. 

How do I prepare my material and machine for cutting with the Knife Blade?

When cutting with the Knife Blade there are a few steps you will need to take to prepare your Maker machine and material for cutting. Click the links in the steps below for more details and instructions.  

  1. Ensure that your material is only 11" wide, and align it with the top left corner of the adhesive area on the cutting mat to prevent it from passing under the large rubber rollers on the roller bar. Click here for more information.  

  1. Tape the material down to the mat on all four sides to prevent slippage while cutting. Click here for more information.  

  1. Move the white star wheels on the roller bar all the way to the right to give clearance for thick materials and to prevent them from leaving track marks on your material. Click here for more information.


Can I use the Knife Blade with my Explore machine?

The Knife blade is compatible only with the Cricut Maker machine. It is operated by a drive mechanism that the Explore models do not have, and with which they cannot be upgraded.

How intricate of an image can the Knife Blade cut?

The Knife Blade is ideal for cuts of moderate detail, no smaller than ¾". This includes the size of interior cuts; for best results interior cuts should be no smaller than ¾". Width of cuts should not be smaller than the diameter of a pencil. Due to the pressure and multiple passes required to cut through thicker materials with the Knife Blade, thin lines or pieces smaller than ¾” may separate or fall apart during cutting. For this reason we recommend keeping lines at least as thick as a standard wooden pencil, and shapes no smaller than ¾”. 

Note: If some interior “negative” pieces are smaller than ¾” they may be destroyed during cutting, but the surrounding cut will likely be fine. If you notice negative pieces popping off the mat during cutting, use a brush or spray air to clear them from the cutting area.

Why can't I cut with the Knife Blade when using the Cricut Design Space mobile app?

Knife Blade functionality has not been added to the mobile app at this time. Knife Blade cuts require multiple passes, often more than ten. Depending upon the complexity of your image and the material being cut, the time needed to complete these cuts can range from minutes to hours, which would restrict the use of your mobile device for that period of time.

Can I create my own material settings for the Knife Blade?

At this time it is not possible to create new custom material settings that use Knife Blade.

    Why am I unable to edit cut settings that use the Knife Blade?

    When using a cut setting for Knife Blade materials, the blade makes multiple passes along each cut path, adjusting the pressure slightly with each pass until the cut is complete. All of the pre-programmed cut settings have been rigorously and meticulously tested to arrive at a setting that provides the best experience cutting that material with the Cricut Maker and Knife Blade.  

    Why does it take so many passes to cut some materials with the Knife Blade?

    Several passes of shallow cuts with gradually increasing pressure on each pass is the best use of machine resources, allows for more precise cuts, and provides longest life for your Knife Blade and cutting mat.

    Can I use Fast Mode when cutting with the Knife Blade?

    Fast Mode is not available when cutting with the Knife Blade. 

    Why would I choose to cut something with the Knife Blade and Maker machine over doing the same cut by hand?

    The Knife Blade cuts through dense materials up to 3/32" thick with ease and safety. The Adaptive Tool System in the Maker controls the direction of the blade and the cut pressure to match the material to a greater degree of precision and control than can be accomplished by hand.

    How do I replace my Knife Blade?

    Click here for instructions on how to replace your Knife Blade.

    How long does the Knife Blade last?

    The Knife Blade is intended for use with thick, dense materials such as balsa wood, chipboard, leather and craft foam up to 2.4mm or 3/32". Because of this, the Knife Blade will wear quickly compared with other blades.

    However, the life of the blade will vary depending on the density and thickness of the material you are cutting, as well as the intricacy of your design. Thick chipboard will wear a blade more quickly than soft leather.

    What mat should I use when cutting with the Knife Blade?

    For most Knife Blade materials, the StrongGrip mat is recommended. Craft Foam may stick well to the StandardGrip mat instead.  

    Why do I have to tape my materials to the mat when my mat is already sticky.

    The mat’s adhesive is designed to firmly hold cuts in place and to release cuts without damage. Because the Knife Blade cuts with more pressure, the mat needs assistance in holding thick or dense materials in place. Taping the material to the mat will help secure it so that as the blade cuts, the cut images stay in place.

    There is a squeaking noise coming from my Knife Blade while cutting. What do I do?

    Dust or debris generated when cutting with the Knife Blade may gather on and around the gear guard on top of the Knife Blade drive housing and cause it to squeak while in use. Use a soft brush, such as a paintbrush, to gently clear any dust or debris from the Knife Blade drive housing. 

    Note: Do not remove the housing from the B clamp to clean it off if you are in the middle of a cut. 

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