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Has anyone tried hacking a Cricut Machine to cut thicker materials? Answered

My grandmother gave me her Cricut craft cutter and I would like to use it as a mini CNC machine. I found plenty of software hacking links but not much on hardware. From what I've researched it doesn't cut deeper than 1.5mm. Thanks.


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orksecurity (author)2011-01-23

Depends on what kind of cutting mechanism it uses. From the description, I would suspect it's using a drag knife or something of that sort, which limits which materials it will be able to cut.

Operating on that assumption: You might be able to cut deeper by making (accurately) repeated cuts over the same lines...?

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gtoal (author)orksecurity2011-03-02

It's not the depth of the blade that's the problem (you can get a deeper cutting blade), it's the space underneath the rollers that is tight. You would have to find a way to raise the rollers and keep them working properly in order to cut anything significantly deeper. I tried to cut scratchboard and failed dismally.


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kelseymh (author)2011-01-23

If he doesn't post here directly, you might try either a PM or an Orangeboard posting to user j.l.larson, who has done some nice Cricut mods.

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