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TFDL Makerspace Training

Online training for TFDL makerspace equipment

Cricut Explore Air



  • The Cricut Explore Air is an electronic cutting machine for DIY projects and crafts.
  • Is able to precisely cut, write, and score 100+ different materials such as paper, iron-on, adhesive vinyl, leather and burlap.
  • Includes an online Design Space that is free, easy to learn, and cloud based.



  • Create your own home decor projects. 
  • Create and design holiday cards, gift tags, etc.
  • Create and design your own stickers.
  • Free projects and images are available online.



  • Cutting range using mats: from 0.25" to 23.5"
  • Maximum materials thickness: up to 1mm for most materials, up to 2mm for less dense materials.
  • Image upload format: .jpg, .png, .bmp, .gif, .svg, .dxf files
  • Speed setting automatically adjusts to image.
  • Able to access your projects from any computer.

How to use it?


  • Go to Cricut website, click on Design at the top right corner.
  • Login or create a new account with Cricut using your email address. This will bring you to the Home screen.
  • From the Home screen, under My Project, you can get quick access to your latest projects. You can also browse featured projects from a variety of categories from this page.
  • From the Home screen, select any project to learn more about it or start a project from scratch by selecting New Project.
  • Starting a new project brings you to the Canvas, where you can lay out and edit your designs.
  • The Edit bar on the Canvas located on the top part of the page contains the most useful tools for editing images and text.
  • Click on Projects (left side of Canvas) to access project library and browse ready-to-make projects.
  • You can also Upload (left side of Canvas) image files.
  • At the right side of the Canvas, you can modify the layer properties for each layer of your design.
  • Click Make It on the Canvas when you're ready to create your project.



  • Turn on the machine by pressing the button at the top right corner.


  • For the Custom Personnalisable, based on the material that you are going to use, choose a material category. 
  • Take a green pad, remove the plastic cover, then place the top left corner of the paper right onto the top left corner of the grid.


  • Open the machine by pressing the button on the left side.


  • Place the pad in the center, then press the up-down arrow button to load the pad. Give it a little push on the pad to help loading.


  • Once the pad is properly loaded and you are ready to make your project, press the "C" button to start cutting.​


  • When the project is finished, press the up-down arrow button to unload the pad.

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