Machine FAQ

Which machines can I use with Cricut Design Space™?

Cricut Design Space is compatible with the following machines:

  • Cricut Explore
  • Cricut Explore Air
  • Cricut Explore One
  • Cricut Explore Air 2
  • Cricut Maker

What are the differences between the different Cricut Explore machines?

The Cricut Explore, Explore Airand Explore Air 2 each have a double tool holder so that you can cut & write (or cut & score) in 1 step. The Explore One has a single tool holder, so it can cut & write (or cut & score) in 2 steps.

The Explore Air and Explore Air 2 have built-in Bluetooth, but for Explore One and Explore, you will need a Cricut Wireless Bluetooth Adapter in order to use it with your iPad/iPhone or to cut wirelessly from your computer.  

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Which machines can be used with the Cricut Craft Room software?

The following machines may be used with the Cricut Craft Room software: 

  • Cricut Personal
  • Cricut Create
  • Cricut Expression
  • Cricut Cake
  • Cricut Cake Mini
  • Cricut Imagine
  • Cricut Mini
  • Cricut Expression 2

Which machines can be used with the Cricut DesignStudio software?

The Cricut DesignStudio* is an older software that Cricut used to sell on CD. It may be used with the following machines: 

  • Cricut Personal
  • Cricut Create
  • Cricut Cake
  • Cricut Cake Mini
  • Cricut Expression

*not to be confused with Cricut Design Space, which is the software developed for use with the Explore machines.  

Which cutting mats can my machine use?

  • The Cricut Maker, Cricut Explore machines, Expression 2, and Expression machines can use 12x12 and 12x24 cutting mats.  
  • The Cricut Imagine machine uses a special 12x12 cutting mat with a border that the machine reads when printing and cutting.  
  • The Cricut Mini machine uses an 8.5x12 cutting mat
  • The Cricut Personal and Create machines use 6x12 cutting mats.
  • The Cricut Cake and Cake Mini use special cutting mats created for use with food products.  The Cricut Cake uses a 12x12 Cricut Cake mat, and the Cricut Cake Mini uses a 6x12 Cricut Cake Mini mat.*

*The Cricut Cake and Cricut Cake Mini machines and accessories have been discontinued.   

Which cartridges can I use with my machine?

Cricut cartridges come in two physical formats:

  • Cricut "legacy" cartridges can be used in all Cricut electronic cutting machines except the Cricut Maker, which does not have a cartridge port.   

           Cricut "legacy" cartridges

  • Cricut Imagine cartridges can be used in the Cricut Imagine and Cricut Expression 2 machines.

           ​ Cricut Imagine cartridge

Many Cricut cartridges are available in both physical and digital formats.  Digital cartridges activate on your account as soon as your purchase is complete, and are used through either the Cricut Craft Room or the Cricut Design Space software.  

Please note: if you have Imagine cartridges that you would like to use with your Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore machine, you can link them to your account using your Expression 2 or Imagine machine and Cricut Craft Room, or you can contact Customer Care for assistance linking them to your account.