The Blade Calibration control allows you to calibrate the alignment of the cutting blade of the Cricut Imagine with respect to the printed image. It will repeat the blade alignment conducted when you first turned the machine on. If you find that the blade is not cutting out images within their default borders, using this recalibration may solve the issue.
In order to ensure optimal performance calibrate your Cricut Imagine before using it for the first time and whenever an image cuts outside of the printed area of the image.
- In the Imagine main menu, select Settings and select the Blade Calibration option.
- Place a blank sheet of 12” by 12” white paper on your Cricut Imagine Mat and insert the mat above the exposed rollers at the label INSERT MAT HERE.
- Gently insert the mat until you feel it hit the back of the print rollers.
- Press the Next button.
- Press the Start Calibration button.
- The Imagine will now print a calibration graphic and will cut lines along the top and right side of the graphic where you see the numbers and letters listed.
- Select the number and letter for which the print and cut lines are best aligned by pressing the corresponding number and letter on the screen.
- Press Test Cut and the cutter will now cut the spiral image that is printed on the page.
- If the cut path is within the width of the spiral line press Accept.
- If the cut path is not within the lines press Repeat. This will repeat the calibration process.
Advanced Blade Calibration
- Go to the Settings screen and select Blade Calibration.
- This should bring up the first screen of the Blade Calibration routine.
- Hold down the upper left-hand physical button (not on the screen) and press Start Calibration on the screen at the same time.
- This should take you to the Advanced Alignment Options screen.
- Uncheck the box next to Auto-Calibrate Offsets.
- If the cut path is too high on both the top and bottom lines, then you will need to increase the offset for the Top-Bottom offset setting.
- If the cut path is too far to the left on both the left and right side of the image, then you will need to increase the Left-Right offset setting.
- We recommend changing the settings by about 15 and see how that affects the position of the cut path in relation to the print.
- Once you have decided on a new setting select Apply.
- It will take you back to the first screen of the blade calibration routine. Select Cancel.
- You should now be in the Settings screen. Select Apply.
- To test the new settings please select a box shape, because it is easier to tell how far the adjustment moved.
- Print and cut your image. If it is not where you want it, then repeat the steps above.
- Before printing and cutting again, select Load Last from the Project Preview screen and this will move your image to the next available space on your paper.
- Keep repeating until you are comfortable with the results.