Cricut Expression Provo Craft User manual

Contents
Welcome to the Cricut Expression® 2: 5th Anniversary Edition!......................................... 1
Diagrams.......................................................................................................................... 2
Button and Icon Legend.................................................................................................... 3
Safety Information........................................................................................................... 4
FCC Statement ................................................................................................................. 5
Getting Started................................................................................................................. 6
Installing the Cutting Blade Assembly............................................................................ 6
Positioning Your Cricut Expression 2 Machine............................................................... 7
Power............................................................................................................................. 7
Screen Calibration .......................................................................................................... 7
First Project.................................................................................................................... 8
What Your Cricut Expression 2 Machine Can Cut........................................................... 9
Basic Operations............................................................................................................... 10
Buttons and Machine Controls....................................................................................... 10
Home Screen.................................................................................................................. 10
Mat Preview................................................................................................................... 11
Mat Navigation Keys....................................................................................................... 11
Navigation Buttons......................................................................................................... 12
Image Screen.................................................................................................................... 13
Compatible Cartridges.................................................................................................... 13
Selecting Cartridges........................................................................................................ 13
Selecting Images............................................................................................................. 13
Keypad Mode................................................................................................................. 14
Gallery Mode.................................................................................................................. 14
Image Queue ................................................................................................................. 14
Delete Image in Queue................................................................................................... 14
Copying Image in Queue................................................................................................ 14
Edit Image in Queue....................................................................................................... 15
Zoom Image in Queue.................................................................................................... 15
Image Editor................................................................................................................... 15
Layered and Composite Images...................................................................................... 16
Flip Horizontal, Flip Vertical, and Portrait/Landscape.................................................... 16
Settings Screen................................................................................................................. 17
Art Quantity.................................................................................................................... 17
Project Quantity............................................................................................................. 18
Fit to Page....................................................................................................................... 18
Auto Fill.......................................................................................................................... 18
Mat Size ......................................................................................................................... 18
Paper Size ...................................................................................................................... 19
Start Position.................................................................................................................. 19
Center Point.................................................................................................................... 20
Fit to Length................................................................................................................... 20
Load Last......................................................................................................................... 20
Apply All ......................................................................................................................... 21
Paper Saver..................................................................................................................... 21
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Tools............................................................................................................................... 22
Materials........................................................................................................................ 22
Machine Settings............................................................................................................ 23
Screen Calibration.......................................................................................................... 24
About.............................................................................................................................. 24
Cut Settings Screen........................................................................................................... 25
Material Selection.......................................................................................................... 25
Tool Selection................................................................................................................. 25
Cutting Heavyweight or Lightweight Materials.............................................................. 26
Adjusting Blade Depth.................................................................................................... 26
Adjusting Cut Speed....................................................................................................... 27
Adjusting Cut Pressure................................................................................................... 27
Multi-Cut........................................................................................................................ 28
Load/Unload Mat .......................................................................................................... 28
Basic Care......................................................................................................................... 29
Blade Life........................................................................................................................ 29
Replacing the Cutting Blade............................................................................................ 29
Caring for the Cutting Mat.............................................................................................. 30
Cleaning Your Cricut Expression 2 Machine................................................................... 30
Additional Basic Care Tips.............................................................................................. 30
Optional Adapter Installation........................................................................................... 31
Troubleshooting............................................................................................................... 32
Cricut Expression® 2: 5th Anniversary Edition Statement of Limited Warranty .................. 34
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Welcome to the Cricut Expression® 2: 5th Anniversary Edition!
To celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Cricut®, we’re introducing something very special —
the Cricut Expression® 2: 5th Anniversary Edition machine. It’s an all-new version of the
Cricut Expression® Personal Electronic Cutter. On the outside, we’ve given it an all-new
look, including an full-color LCD touch screen that’s bigger and faster. On the inside,
we’ve kept all of the great features of the Cricut Expression machine, and added many
great new features.
Your Cricut Expression 2 machine will do everything Cricut Expression machine will do
and has:
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a mat preview which allows you to see shapes you’re cutting and where they fit
on the mat before you cut.
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all new materials settings, allowing you to choose a default setting for materials
you like to cut like cardstock or chipboard, or customize a material setting to be
just how you want it.
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a cutting-area light to let you see where you’re cutting on the mat.
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independent image sizing allowing you to size each image on a mat on its own.
Make one image 3" and another image 5 ½" — all on the same mat.
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multiple mat cutting so you can cut as many images as you want, even if the
images won’t all fit on one mat. Your Cricut Expression 2 projects can contain up
to six mats.
CRICUT®, CRICUT EXPRESSION®, CRICUT DESIGNSTUDIO®, CRICUT IMAGINE™, CRICUT
CAKE®, CRICUT TOOLS™, GYPSY®, CRICUT CIRCLE™, CUTTLEBUG®, CUTTLEKIDS™, YUDU®,
YOURSTORY®, and KNIFTY KNITTER® are registered or applied for trademarks of Provo
Craft & Novelty, Inc. South Jordan, UT 84095.
Welcome
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Diagrams
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diagrams
Button and Icon Legend
Cut
Clear All
Tools
Backspace
Settings
Materials
Image
Apply All
Redo
Undo
Space
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Art Quantity
Machine Settings
Project Quantity
Calibrate
Fit to Page
About
Auto Fill
Composite
Return
New Material
New Tool
Relative Size
True Size
Paper Saver
Mat Size
Layered
Edit
Paper Size
Size
Copy
Start Position
Flip Horizontal
Add Image
Center Point
Flip Vertical
Delete Image
Fit to Length
Rotate
Save
Cut Speed
Cartridge
Cut Pressure
Home
Multi-Cut
Load/Unload
Load Last
Load/Unload
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Button and Icon Legend
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Safety Information
Disconnect electrical power before servicing or cleaning.
WARNING! Do not place your fingers or other objects in the Cricut Expression 2 machine
while it is connected to electrical power, powered on, or during cutting operations. Rapid
movements of the cutting carriage during operation may cause bodily injury and/or
damage to the Cricut Expression 2 machine.
Always follow basic safety precautions when using this product to reduce risk of injury
from fire or electric shock. Read and understand all instructions in the documentation
that comes with the Cricut Expression 2 machine.
Observe all warnings and instructions marked on the product.
Do not install or use this product near water or when you are wet.
Install the product securely on a stable surface.
Install the product in a protected location where no one can step on or trip over the
power cord and the power cord cannot be damaged.
If the product does not operate normally, see Troubleshooting.
There are no user-serviceable parts inside. Refer servicing to qualified service personnel.
The power cord cannot be repaired. If it is defective, it should be discarded or returned
to the supplier.
Ozone-depleting chemicals, such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), have been eliminated
from the Provo Craft manufacturing processes.
This product contains lead in the solder that might require special handling at
end-of-life.
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Safety Information
FCC Statement
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (in 47 cfr 15.105) has specified that the
following notices be brought to the attention of users of this product.
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to the following
two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device
must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause
undesired operation.
Shielded Cables
Use of a shielded data cable is required to comply with the Class B limits of Part 15 of
the FCC Rules.
Pursuant to Part 15.21 of the FCC Rules, any changes or modifications to this
equipment not expressly approved by Provo Craft may cause harmful interference and
void the FCC authorization to operate this equipment.
NOTE: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B
digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide
reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This
equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed
and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio
communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a
particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or
television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on,
the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the
following measures:
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Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
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Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
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Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which
the receiver is connected.
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Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help. FCC Statement
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Getting Started
Installing the Cutting Blade Assembly
The Cricut Expression 2 cutting blade assembly is located in the bottom of your box,
separate from the machine. Before you turn the machine on, you will need to insert the
blade assembly. To do this:
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1.
Open the front door on the Cricut
Expression 2 machine. Remove the
cardboard inserts from both sides of
the carriage.
2.
Remove the cutting blade assembly from
its bag. The blade assembly fits into the
black cradle on the left side of the carriage.
Rotate the adjustment knob on the top
of the blade assembly so that the black
arrow on the blade assembly points to the
number 3 on the adjustment knob.
3.
Locate the silver nut and turn it
counterclockwise until it loosens enough
that you can swing the screw to the right.
Be careful not to loosen the screw too
much or it will fall out.
4.
Open the left arm of the black cradle and
position the cutting blade assembly inside
as shown with the black arrow facing you.
Ensure that the cutting blade has been
inserted into the assembly with the sharp
blade end pointing down. Close the cradle,
swing the nut back to the left, and tighten
it by turning it clockwise.
Getting started
Positioning Your Cricut Expression 2 Machine
Place your Cricut Expression 2 machine at least 12" (30.48 cm) from the edge of your
table to prevent it from tipping and causing possible injury. Allow 24" (60.96 cm) in the
back of the Cricut Expression 2 machine for mat movement.
When positioning your Cricut Expression 2 machine, choose a location that:
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cannot be accessed by children. The Cricut Expression 2 machine is not a toy and
contains components, including a sharp blade, that could be hazardous to children.
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is a hard, stable, and flat surface within 6 feet (1.83 meters) of a grounded
electrical outlet, and that has a minimum clearance of 24" (60.96 cm) behind the
Cricut Expression 2 machine for paper movement.
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is indoors or in a dry location where the Cricut® cartridges are not directly
exposed to the effects of the weather.
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is away from direct exposure to sunlight or extreme temperatures such as in
parked cars, storage sheds, sunrooms, etc.
WARNING! Your Cricut Expression 2 machine should never be left or stored outside,
in locations without heat or air conditioning, or in environments where the machine
or cartridges can come in contact with water. It is recommended that your Cricut
Expression 2 machine be maintained in an area with temperatures between 60 and 90 °F
(15.5 and 32.2 °C).
Power
Plug the power cord into a grounded electrical outlet. Turn the machine on by pressing
the Power button located to the right of the screen.
Screen Calibration
Prior to your first use of your Cricut Expression 2 machine, it will run a screen calibration.
Instructions on the screen will walk you through each step of the calibration. You will
only have to complete the calibration process successfully once. If, for some reason, you
wish to recalibrate the machine, please see page 24.
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After you complete the screen calibration, agree to the end user license agreement, and
review the warranty information, you will be ready to begin your first project!
First Project
1.
On the home screen, press the Image
button directly to the right of the
preview mat.
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2.
Select one of the images by pressing the
corresponding button.
3.
The image you selected will be added to
the Image Queue.
4.
Press the Home button located at the
bottom right of the screen.
5.
Press the Cut button located to the right of
the preview mat.
6.
Remove the clear plastic protective sheet
from the cutting mat and mount a 12" x
12" (30.48 cm x 30.48 cm) piece of paper
on the mat. Select the material from the
dropdown menu that most closely matches
the paper you mounted on the mat.
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Select the material from the dropdown
menu that most closely matches the paper
you mounted on the mat.
8.
Verify that the correct cutting tool has
been inserted into the machine and has
been set to the proper depth and press
the Cut button.
9.
Hold the mat up to the rollers and
press the Load button at the bottom of
the screen.
10. Press the Cut button.
11. When the cutting operation ends, press
the Unload Mat button to eject the mat
from the machine and peel the image from
the mat.
What Your Cricut Expression 2 Machine Can Cut
The Cricut Expression 2 machine can cut a wide range of materials, from vellum and
cardstock to poster board and vinyl. The Cricut Expression 2 machine can even cut thin
chipboard with the use of the Multi-Cut function. More details about Multi-Cut can be
found on page 28.
TIP: The repeated cutting of heavy materials may reduce the life of your Cricut
Expression 2 machine’s cutting blade and mat. Replacement mats and blades can be
purchased anywhere that Cricut products are sold.
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Basic Operations
Buttons and Machine Controls
Power — turns the machine on and off.
Pause — stops the machine while in the middle of a cut. Pressing the Pause button again
will start the cutting operation where it was paused.
Home — opens the Home screen.
Zoom — pressing and holding this button while selecting an image on the screen will
zoom the image so that it takes up the entire screen. Releasing the button and tapping it
a second time will return the image back to normal.
Cartridge Slots — the two cartridge slots provide you the ability to use all of your
original Cricut cartridges as well as Cricut Imagine™ cartridges. All original cartridges
fit in the left slot, while Imagine cartridges fit in the right slot. Please note that Cricut
Imagine Colors & Patterns cartridges contain only color printing information and no
image information that can be cut, and thus will not work with the Cricut Expression
2 machine.
USB — this port allow you to connect the Cricut Expression 2 machine to a Gypsy®
Handheld Design Studio for Cricut® or other design device and cut directly from
that device.
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Home Screen
The Home Screen is your starting point for every Cricut Expression 2 project. On this
screen you will be able to see a preview of the current project as well as have access to
image selection and the ability to makes changes to cut and other settings.
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Basic Operations
Mat Preview
The Mat Preview area provides an overall view of your current project. Each image that
has been added to the project will appear on the mat. Pressing an image will allow you
to make changes to the image directly. Pressing the Edit icon will allow you to make
changes to the image itself. For more details on editing an image, see page 15. Pressing
the Delete icon will remove the image from the project. Pressing the Copy icon will
duplicate the image, placing a second copy of it to the immediate right of the image.
If your project contains more than one mat, you can navigate among them using the
navigation keys below the mat preview area.
Mat Navigation Keys
Jump First — moves you to the first mat in the project. If you
are currently viewing the first mat in the project, this button
will be grayed out and unavailable for selection.
Previous — moves you to the mat directly before to the one
you are currently viewing. If you are currently viewing the
first mat in the project, this button will be grayed out and
unavailable for selection.
Page — contains an indication of which mat in the project is
currently being displayed above, as well as a count of the
number of mats contained in the project
Next — moves you to the mat directly after the one that
you are currently viewing. If you are currently viewing the
last mat in the project, this button will be grayed out and
unavailable for selection.
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Jump Last — moves you to the last mat in the project. If
you are currently viewing the last mat in the project, this
button will be grayed out and unavailable for selection.
Navigation Buttons
To the right of the Mat Preview area, there are three navigation buttons which provide
access to the other functions of the Cricut Expression 2 machine.
Image Button — opens the Image Screen, where you
can select pictures, text, icons, and other elements to
include in your project. For more information on the
Image Screen, please see page 13.
Settings Button — opens the Settings Screen, where
you can control a wide variety of settings for your
project such as Fit to Page and Auto Fill. For more
information about the Settings Screen, please see
page 17.
Cut Button — opens the Cut Screen, where you can
control Cricut Expression 2 settings such as the
pressure and speed of the cutting blade, enter multicut options, as well as save and reuse cutting profiles
for materials you work with often. Push this button
when you are ready to cut your project. For more
information about the Cut Screen, please see page 25.
Load/Unload Button — loads and unloads the mat
in preparation for cutting your project. For more
information about this area, please see page 28.
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Basic Operations
Image Screen
The Image Screen is the central location for selecting and editing images you want to
include in your project. Compatible Cartridges
Your Cricut Expression 2 machine comes with preloaded internal cartridges. You can also
use any original Cricut cartridges and Cricut Imagine Art cartridges for Cricut Expression
2 projects. Cricut Imagine Colors & Patterns cartridges, however, contain only printing
information and thus cannot be used with the Cricut Expression 2 machine.
Selecting Cartridges
If you insert an original cartridge into the Cricut Expression
2 machine, it will automatically be displayed in Keypad
Mode in the Image Screen. Inserting a Cricut Imagine
cartridge by itself or along with an original cartridge will
result in the Cricut Imagine images being automatically
displayed in Gallery Mode. To change the cartridge images
which are currently being displayed, press the Cartridge
button at the bottom left of the Image Screen and then
select the cartridge you would like to be displayed.
Original
Cartridge
Internal
Cartridge
Imagine
Cartridge
Selecting Images
There are two ways to view the images on your Cricut
cartridges: Keypad Mode and Gallery Mode.
Image Screen
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Keypad Mode
Keypad Mode features a grid of image keys familiar to Expression owners. To select an
image to be included in your project while in Keypad Mode, simply press its button and
it will be added to the Image Queue located at the top of the Image Screen.
You can use either Keypad or Gallery Mode for all original cartridges as well as the
internal Cricut Expression 2 cartridges.
Gallery Mode
Gallery Mode features a strip of images from your Cricut Imagine cartridge which you
can browse by touching an image and dragging it to the left or right. To select an image
to be included in your project while in Gallery View, simply touch the image, press the
green plus icon, and it will be added to the Image Queue. You can use either Gallery or
Keypad View when viewing and working with images from Cricut Imagine cartridges.
Image Queue
The Image Queue contains the images which make up your current project. They
are displayed in the order they will be cut on the paper when you begin the cutting
process. You can navigate through the Image Queue either by touching and dragging
the images left and right or by using the arrow buttons to the left and right of the Image
Queue window.
Delete Image in Queue
To delete an image which is currently in the queue, press the image and then press the
Delete icon on the large version of the image.
Copying Image in Queue
To duplicate an image which is currently in the queue, press the image and then press
the Copy icon on the large version of the image. This will add a second copy of the image
directly to the right of the first copy in the queue.
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Image Screen
Edit Image in Queue
To edit an image which is currently in the queue, press the image and then press the Edit
icon on the popup window. This will bring up the image in the Image Editor for you to
make the desired changes.
Zoom Image in Queue
To zoom in on an image in the Image Queue to see a larger, more detailed view, press
and hold the Zoom button on the machine console and then touch the image. To return
to the normal view, release the Zoom button and tap the screen.
Image Editor
You can adjust the size of your image in the Image Editor. To do so, press the Size button
at the bottom of the screen.
If you want to adjust the size:
1.
Select either True Size or Relative Size for
the image by pressing the corresponding
button on the bottom row. True Size
images are a fixed height from the top of
the image to the bottom. Relative Size
images adjust the height of the shape
proportionally based on the height
of other characters that are from the
same cartridge.
2.
Adjust the height of the image using
the Decrease Value and Increase Value
buttons on the top row. You can see the
current size in the Size Value box between
the two buttons.
True Size
Relative
Size
Once you have made the desired changes to the image size, press the Save button to
continue to the Image Editor. You can cancel changes you have made to the image size
by pressing the Cancel button. In the Image Editor you can make additional changes to
the image size by pressing the Size button. Pressing the Home button will return you to
the Home screen.
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Layered and Composite Images
Some images that come on the Cricut Imagine Art cartridges are separated into
individual elements called layers. This separation gives you an additional level of control
over the size of each layer of the image in your project. Not only can each of these layers
be individually changed to suit your needs, but they can also cut separately.
You can control whether an image from a Cricut Imagine Art cartridge is cut as a single
image or in layers using the Composite and Layered buttons at the bottom left of the
Image Editor. Selecting Composite will cause the edited image to be cut as a single
image. Selecting Layered will cut each layer of the image separately.
NOTE: Selecting to cut a composite image will cause layers that are fully contained inside
another layer to not be cut.
Flip Horizontal, Flip Vertical, and Portrait/Landscape
These three buttons allow you to change the orientation of the selected image.
Flip Vertical — flips the orientation of the entire
image vertically or flips a selected portion of the
image if it has been separated into layers.
Flip Horizontal — flips the orientation of the entire
image horizontally or flips a selected portion of the
image if it has been separated into layers.
Rotate — spins the entire image 90 degrees
clockwise or spins a selected portion of the image
if it has been separated into layers.
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Image Screen
Settings Screen
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The Settings screen contains access to a variety of project settings, allowing you to
manipulate the images in the project, the size of the paper and mat, as well as other
settings which affect the functions of the entire Cricut Expression 2 machine.
Similar to the Home page, you can see a preview of your current project in the
Mat Preview section. If the project contains more than one page, you can move
among the different mats using the navigation buttons below the Mat Preview. For
more information about navigating multiple mats in the Mat Preview, please see
page 11.
You can also tell which of the Settings are currently activated by looking at the various
buttons in the Settings screen.
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Art Quantity
This feature can be used to repeat all the images in your queue and minimize the
amount of paper used for the project. This is often useful when you need several of each
part of your project or wish to fill up the empty space on a page. When you press the Art
Quantity button, you will see a popup window containing the Art Quantity controls.
You can change the number of times the images are repeated by pressing the Decrease
Value and Increase Value buttons, then pressing the Save button at the bottom right
corner of the screen. You can cancel any changes you have made by pressing the Cancel
button at the bottom left of the screen. The additional, repeated images will be added to
the Mat Preview immediately following the selected images.
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Project Quantity
This feature can be used to repeat the entire project. This is often useful when you need
to cut your project several times. When you press the Project Quantity button, you will
see a popup window containing the Project Quantity controls.
You can change the number of times the project is repeated by pressing the Decrease
Value and Increase Value buttons, then pressing the Save button at the bottom left
corner of the screen. You can cancel any changes you have made by pressing the Cancel
button at the bottom right of the screen. When you cut a project repeatedly using this
feature, you will be prompted after each project before continuing with the next. The
maximum number of times a project can be cut is nine.
Fit to Page
The Fit to Page button changes the size of the images in the project to fit the entire
page. The Mat Preview provides a visual indication of the size of each image in the
project. To return the images to their normal sizes, press the Fit to Page button again.
Auto Fill
The function of the Auto Fill button is similar to the Art Quantity feature. However,
instead of choosing a specific number of times to repeat all the project art, using
Auto Fill repeats the project until the page is full. The additional, repeated images are
reflected in the Mat Preview. To go back to the original, non-repeated images, press the
Auto Fill button again.
Mat Size
The Mat Size button displays the current mat size being used in your project. If you
want to change the mat size, press the Mat Size button and select the desired mat size.
The two possible sizes are 12" x 12" (30.48 cm x 30.48 cm) and 12" x 24" (30.48 cm x
60.96 cm). The third button allows you to use the longer 12" x 24" mat in landscape
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Settings Screen
orientation rather than portrait. To save your selection, press the Save button at the
bottom right corner of the screen. You can cancel any changes you have made by
pressing the Cancel button at the bottom left of the screen.
Paper Size
The Paper Size button allows you to choose a custom paper size for your project. When
you press the Paper Size button, you will see a popup window containing the Paper
Size controls.
The current width and height are displayed in the boxes in the middle. To use paper
which is either wider or longer, press the corresponding Increase button until you reach
the desired value and then press the Save button to save the changes. To use a more
narrow or shorter page, press the corresponding Decrease button until you reach the
desired value and then pressing the Save button to save the changes. You can cancel the
changes by pressing the Cancel button at the bottom left of the screen. After altering the
paper size, you will see the new paper size reflected on the Mat Preview in the Settings
area and on the Home page.
Start Position
The Start Position button allows you to change the location where the cutting blade
begins your project on the page. The cutter begins in the top left corner of the paper
by default. When you press the Start Position button you will see a popup window
containing the Start Position controls.
To change the starting point, press the Increase and Decrease buttons to choose a new
starting point, then press the Save button at the bottom right corner of the screen. You
can cancel any changes you have made by pressing the Cancel button at the bottom
left of the screen. After altering the start position, the new start point will be reflected
on the Mat Preview and the images in the project will be moved to reflect the new
start point.
NOTE: You can change the measurements units used to adjust the start point to be
tenths of inches, quarters of inches, millimeters and centimeters in the machine settings
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section. This can help you more accurately adjust the starting point for the cutting blade.
For more information about changing the start position in machine settings, please see
page 23 .
Center Point
The Center Point button uses the center of the image to locate the shape in your project
rather than the lower left corner of the image. For instance, if you were planning to cut
a 8" x 10" photograph into an oval, using the Center Point function you could use the
Start Position function to move the cutter to the center of the photograph and select an
oval shape. You could then use the Center Point function to line the center of the oval up
with the center of the photograph.
If there are multiple images on the mat, they will all be combined using each image's
center point, creating a single monolithic image to be cut. This option is not available
for projects which contain more than a single page. To return the images to the regular
location, press the Center Point button again.
Fit to Length
The Fit to Length button allows you to select a horizontal size you would like your
finished project to be. When you press the Fit to Length button you will see a popup
window containing the Fit to Length controls. The current length of the project is listed
in the center box. To change the length, press the Increase and Decrease buttons. When
you have entered the desired length, press the Save button at the bottom right corner of
the screen. You can cancel any changes you have made by pressing the Cancel button at
the bottom left of the screen.
Load Last
Pressing the Load Last button indicates that you would like to use the leftover paper
from the last project for the current project. The Cricut Expression 2 machine keeps track
of what parts of the paper were used for the last project. When the Load Last button is
selected, the new project will be automatically repositioned to use the remaining space
on the paper.
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Settings Screen
Apply All
The Apply All page is an easy way to apply multiple settings to the images in a project at
the same time.
Using the controls in this area, you can select settings for each image in your current
project such as choosing:
True or Relative Size
Flip Vertical
Flip Horizontal
Rotate
Size
Paper Saver
Paper Saver
Paper Saver automatically arranges the images in your project so that it uses the
least amount of paper possible.
After selecting each of the areas you wish to alter, press the Save button at the bottom
right corner of the screen to make the changes. You can cancel any changes you have
made by pressing the Cancel button at the bottom left of the screen. Changes made
using Apply All will override any previous changes made to images in the project.
If you want to undo changes that have
previously been made using the Apply All
page, press the Undo Apply All button.
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Tools
The Tools button allows you to define and save profiles for tools you work with often.
Each profile contains a label for the tool and a number which specifies the depth
that should be set for the tool on the blade assembly prior to cutting. To save a new
Material profile:
1.
Press the New Tool button.
2.
Enter a name for the tool.
3.
Press the Save button.
If you decide against saving the new profile, you can cancel the profile creation by
pressing the Cancel button instead of Save. You can delete a tool by selecting it in the
dropdown menu and pressing the Delete button. You can edit the name of a previously
created custom tool by pressing the Edit button, making the desired changes, and then
pressing the Save button.
Materials
The Materials button allows you to define and save profiles for materials you work
with often. Each profile contains information about the speed, pressure, multi-cut, and
cutting tool used while working with the material. To save a new Material profile:
1.
Press the New Material button.
2.
Enter a name for the material profile.
3.
Press the Save button.
4.
Select the desired tool.
5.
Enter the desired Pressure value.
6.
Enter the desired Speed value.
7.
Enter the desired Multi-Cut value.
8.
Press the Save button.
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If you decide against saving the new profile, you can cancel the profile creation by
pressing the Cancel button instead of Save. You can delete a profile by selecting it in the
dropdown menu and pressing the Delete button.
Machine Settings
The Machine Settings button opens a screen which contains four settings which control
the overall behavior of your Cricut Expression 2 machine.
The Increments buttons allow you to select the measurement increments. You can
select from:
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1/4"
•
1/10"
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centimeters
•
millimeters
The Reset Machine Settings button allows you to return all of the settings on your
Cricut Expression 2 machine to the factory defaults. These defaults are:
Project Quantity:
Image Quantity:
Fit to Page:
Auto Fill:
Mat Size:
Paper Size:
Start Location:
Center Point:
Fit to Length:
Measure:
Increments:
Light:
Material:
1
1
Off
Off
12"x 12"
12"x 12"
0,0
Off
Off
Inches
1/4"
During Cutting
Medium Paper
Settings Screen
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The Cutting Light dropdown allows you to choose from the following options:
• Always On
• Always Off
• During Cutting
The Language Selection dropdown allows you to select whether the labels,
instructions, and other information displayed in the Cricut Expression 2 machine in
a language other than English. Additional languages will be available at a later date.
After making any change to the Machine Settings, pressing the Save button will put the
changes into effect. You can cancel any changes you have made by pressing the Cancel
button at the bottom left of the screen.
Screen Calibration
The Screen Calibration button allows you to recalibrate the touchscreen. After pressing
the Screen Calibration button, press each of the five crosshairs on the screen as they
appear and the screen will be recalibrated.
About
The About section allows you to review important information such as the end-user
license agreement, warranty information, and the software version of the Cricut
Expression 2 machine.
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Settings Screen
Cut Settings Screen
The Cut Settings Screen contains settings which allow you to control the cutting of
your project.
Material Selection
If you have any previously defined materials set up for your
Cricut Expression 2 machine, you can use this dropdown
menu to select this material and proceed by loading your
mat and pressing the Cut button. You can also select one
of the pre-defined materials in the dropdown menu. If
you do not wish to select a material, you can also edit the
pressure, speed, and multi-cut values directly by selecting
the corresponding button.
You can also define a new material by pressing the New
Material button. Additional information about the process of
defining a new material can be found on page 22.
Tool Selection
If you have any previously defined tools set up for your Cricut
Expression 2 machine, you can use this dropdown menu to
select this tool and proceed by loading your mat and pressing
the Cut button. You can also select one of the pre-defined
tools in the dropdown menu. The number after the name of
each of the pre-defined tools specifies the depth that should
be set for that tool on the blade assembly prior to cutting.
You can also define a new tool by pressing the New Tool
button. Additional information about the process of defining a
new material can be found on page 22.
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Cutting Heavyweight or Lightweight Materials
Your Cricut Expression 2 machine can cut a variety of materials. For an optimal cut on
lightweight materials such as vellum or heavyweight materials such as thin cardstock,
you may need to adjust the blade depth, speed of the cut, or cut pressure. When you
find settings that work well for you, be sure to save them so that you can use them
again in the future. For details on how to define a new material, please see the Material
Settings section on page 22.
Adjusting Blade Depth
Remove the cutting blade assembly from the Cricut Expression 2 machine to change the
setting on the adjustment knob. However, if the arrow is facing forward, you can leave
the cutting blade assembly attached and simply spin the top of the adjustment knob to
change the setting.
WARNING! Always unplug your Cricut Expression 2 machine before removing the
cutting blade assembly!
To remove the cutting blade assembly (Figure 1), first turn the Cricut Expression 2
machine off. Locate the screw and turn it counterclockwise until it loosens enough that
you can swing the screw to the right (Figure 2). Be careful not to loosen the screw too
much, or it will fall out. Remove the cutting blade assembly from the machine. Next,
locate the adjustment knob (Figure 3) on the top of the cutting blade assembly and turn
it to your desired setting.
Figure 2
Figure 1
Figure 3
The smaller the number on the adjustment knob, the shorter the blade depth will be.
Shorter blade depths are recommended for lightweight materials and longer blade
depths for heavier materials. Reinstall the cutting blade assembly into the Cricut
Expression 2 machine by reversing the procedure to remove the cutting blade assembly.
Test the setting on a scrap piece of paper and make adjustments as necessary.
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cut Settings Screen
TIP: Cutting on cardstock and other heavy materials will reduce the life of your blade,
but it will produce the best cuts.
TIP: If the Cricut Expression 2 machine produces poor cutting results, always insert a
new blade first before trying other options.
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Adjusting Cut Speed
The Cut Speed button allows you to control the cutting speed for an optimal cut on a
variety of papers. If you regularly cut simple shapes, you may want to adjust this setting
up to increase the cutting speed. For lightweight materials or for smaller, more detailed
cuts, you may want to turn the setting down to decrease the cutting speed. After each
adjustment, you should test the setting with a scrap piece of paper, readjusting as
necessary until you achieve the desired results.
The current cut speed is displayed in the middle section of the Cut Speed popup box. You
can change the value by pressing the Increase and Decrease buttons and then pressing
the Save button. As a general rule, decrease the cutting speed if your cuts are being
torn. If this doesn’t work, you may need to change the cut pressure, adjust the blade
depth, or replace the blade.
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Adjusting Cut Pressure
The Pressure button allows you to control how hard the cutting mechanism presses
against the paper. For heavyweight materials, you may want to move the setting up to
increase the cut pressure. For lightweight materials, you may want to change the setting
down to decrease the pressure. After each adjustment, you should test the setting with
a scrap piece of paper, readjusting as necessary until you achieve the desired results.
The current pressure value is displayed in the middle section of the Cut Pressure popup
box. You can change the value by pressing the Increase and Decrease buttons and then
pressing the Save button. As a general rule, increase the pressure if your selections are
not being cut completely through the paper. If this doesn’t work, the cut speed or blade
depth may need to be adjusted.
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4
Multi-Cut
The Multi-Cut button allows you to cut a project up to nine times on top of the original
cut lines. This allows the machine to cut thicker materials such as thin chipboard. It
is recommended that you set your blade depth to 6 when using Multi-Cut, since the
effectiveness of passing the blade over the same cut is limited by blade depth.
The current Multi-Cut value is displayed in the middle section of the Multi-Cut popup
box. You can change the value by pressing the Increase and Decrease buttons and then
pressing the Save button.
Load/Unload Mat
When you have completed your project and are ready to cut, the next step is to mount
your paper on the cutting mat and press the Cut button. When you reach the next
screen, then:
1.
Insert the mat into the machine with the arrow pointing toward the machine.
2.
Hold the cutting mat firmly between the roller bar and the deck below it and
gently push the mat into the rollers.
3.
Press the Load Mat button.
The Cricut Expression 2 machine will then load the paper. If it doesn't, pressing the same
button will unload the mat and allow you to start the process again. You can also load
the mat using the same Load/Unload Mat button located on the Home screen.
Once the mat has been loaded into the Cricut Expression 2 machine, press the Cut
button to begin cutting your project. Pressing the Pause button will stop the cut. To
begin the cut again, press the button a second time. Pressing the Stop button will stop
the cutting and prompt you by asking whether you want to eject the mat or return
to the Home screen to continue designing with the mat still loaded into the Cricut
Expression 2 machine.
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Cut Settings Screen
Basic Care
Blade Life
You can expect anywhere from 500 to 1500 single cuts from your cutting blade before
it requires replacement. Your actual cutting blade life will vary, depending on the
settings you use and the materials you cut. When the quality of your cuts decreases, it
is probably time to replace your cutting blade. For best results, use only genuine Cricut
Replacement Cutting Blades, available at participating Cricut retailers (part #290002).
Replacing the Cutting Blade
WARNING! Always unplug your Cricut Expression 2 machine before replacing the
cutting blade.
To change the cutting blade, you must first remove the cutting blade assembly.
To remove the cutting blade assembly (Figure 1), locate the screw and turn it
counterclockwise until it loosens enough that you can swing the screw to the right
(Figure 2). Be careful not to loosen the screw too much, or it will fall out.
Remove the cutting blade assembly from the machine. After removing the cutting blade
assembly, locate the blade release at the top of the cutting blade assembly and push it
in (Figure 3). The blade will emerge from the cutting blade assembly. You will need to
gently pull the blade away from the magnet holding it in place (Figure 4).
To install the new blade, first remove the protective cover from the new blade. Carefully
insert the shaft of the blade into the hole in the bottom of the cutting blade assembly.
The blade should be sucked up inside the shaft if properly installed (Figure 5). The
replacement cutting blade is now installed. Place the protective cover over the old
blade and dispose of it. Reinstall the cutting blade assembly into the Cricut Expression 2
machine by reversing the procedure to remove the cutting blade assembly.
Figure 1
Figure 2
Figure 3
Figure 4
Figure 5
Basic Care
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WARNING! Cutting blades are extremely sharp and should be handled with the utmost
care. They are also potential choking hazards; they should be kept away from children.
Caring for the Cutting Mat
You can expect anywhere from 25 to 40 full mat cuts (expect even more when a cut is
smaller than the full mat) from your Cricut Expression 2 cutting mat before it requires
replacement. Your actual cutting mat life will vary, depending on the settings you use
and the papers you cut. It is time to replace your mat when:
•
your paper no longer sticks to the cutting mat.
•
the mat becomes curled on the edges
Use only genuine Cricut Expression 2 replacement cutting mats, available at
retailers everywhere.
Cleaning Your Cricut Expression 2 Machine
WARNING! Always unplug your Cricut Expression 2 machine before cleaning!
To clean the Cricut Expression 2 machine, gently wipe exterior panels with a damp cloth.
Immediately dry any excess moisture with a chamois or other soft cloth. Do not use
chemicals or alcohol-based cleaners (including, but not limited to, acetone, benzene,
and carbon tetrachloride) on the machine. Abrasive cleansers and cleaning tools should
also be avoided. Do not immerse the machine or any component of it in water.
Additional Basic Care Tips
•
Keep away from food and liquids.
•
Keep in dry, dust-free location.
•
Avoid excessive heat or cold.
•
Do not leave in car, where excessive heat may melt or damage plastic
components.
•
Do not expose to direct sunlight for any extended period of time.
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Basic Care
Optional Adapter Installation
Your Cricut Expressions 2 machine has an adapter slot in the back to enable future
functionality such as Wi-fi. Please see documentation included with future adapters for
installation instructions.
optional Adapter Installation
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Troubleshooting
Problem: The cutting mat didn’t load when I pressed the Load button.
Solution: Press the Unload Mat button and then reload the mat before pressing the
Cut button again.
Problem: The blade is not cutting all the way through the paper.
Solution 1: Adjust the Multi-Cut setting on the cut screen to allow for multiple cuts
along the same cutting lines.
Solution 2: Increase the cut pressure in the Project Preview screen.
Solution 3: The blade depth may need to be adjusted, particularly if you are trying to
cut through thicker materials.
Solution 4: The cutting blade may have become dull and needs to be replaced.
Problem: The paper lifts off the mat as the Cricut Expression 2 machine is cutting.
Solution 1: Make sure you press the paper firmly onto the cutting mat when setting
up the cut.
Solution 2: Rinse the mat with water while gently rubbing off the paper lint on the
mat. Let the mat thoroughly dry before attempting to re-use the mat.
Solution 3: Try using a new mat. Each mat will last anywhere from 25 to 40 full page
cuts, depending on the size of cuts and the kind of material you are cutting.
Problem: The cutting mat is too sticky. It’s ripping my paper when I try to remove it.
Solution: Use a craft knife or the Cricut Tools™ (sold separately) to successfully lift
the material from the cutting mat. The Cricut Tools are custom designed for lifting,
pulling, or cleaning up cut characters.
Problem: My machine doesn't turn on and doesn't appear to be getting any power.
Solution 1: Check the power adapter to make sure that the green power indicator
is lit up. If it is not lit, check to make sure the power plug is completely inserted into
the power adapter.
Solution 2: Try to plug the power cord into another outlet.
Problem: My Cricut Expression 2 machine doesn't communicate to an attached
USB device.
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Troubleshooting
Solution 1: Check the USB cable to make sure that it is properly connected.
Solution 2: Make sure that the connected device is powered on.
Solution 3: Make sure that the Cricut Expression 2 machine and the attached device
have the latest firmware installed.
Troubleshooting
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Cricut Expression® 2: 5th Anniversary Edition Statement of
Limited Warranty
Part 1—General Terms
This Statement of Limited Warranty includes Part 1—General Terms, Part 2— CountrySpecific Terms, and Part 3—Warranty Information. The terms of Part 2 replace or modify
those of Part 1. The warranties provided by PROVO CRAFT AND NOVELTY, INC. (“PROVO
CRAFT”) or its authorized repair center in this Statement of Limited Warranty apply only
to Machines you purchase for your use and not for resale. The term “Machine” means
a Cricut Expression® 2: 5th Anniversary Edition, its features, elements, or accessories,
including any font or image cartridges sold therewith, or any combination of them.
The term “Machine” does not include any expendable or consumer replaceable parts,
including but not limited to cutting blades and cutting mats. Nothing in this Statement
of Limited Warranty affects any statutory rights of con¬sumers that cannot be waived or
limited by contract.
What This Warranty Covers
PROVO CRAFT® warrants that each Machine 1) is free from defects in materials and
work¬manship and 2) will perform substantially as described in the accompanying User
Manual. The warranty period for the Machine starts on the original Date of Purchase
and is specified in Part 3—Warranty Information. The date on your invoice or sales
receipt is the Date of Purchase unless PROVO CRAFT or your reseller informs you
otherwise. A part that replaces a removed part will assume the warranty service status
of the removed part. Unless PROVO CRAFT specifies otherwise, these warranties apply
only in the country or region in which you purchased the Machine.
THESE WARRANTIES ARE YOUR EXCLUSIVE WARRANTIES AND REPLACE ALL OTHER
WAR¬RANTIES OR CONDITIONS, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED
TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS
FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. SOME STATES OR JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE
EXCLUSION OF EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, SO THE ABOVE EXCLUSION MAY NOT
APPLY TO YOU. IN THAT EVENT, SUCH WARRANTIES ARE LIMITED IN DURATION TO THE
WARRANTY PERIOD. NO WARRANTIES APPLY AFTER THAT PERIOD. SOME STATES OR
JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON HOW LONG AN IMPLIED WARRANTY
LASTS, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
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Warranty
What This Warranty Does Not Cover
This warranty does not cover the following:
1.
Blade housing and cutting blades, whether supplied with the Machine or sold
separately from the Machine;
2.
Cutting mats, whether supplied with the Machine or sold separately from
the Machine;
3.
Failure resulting from misuse (including but not limited to use beyond the
Machine’s capacity or capability), use in a business or for commercial purposes,
accident, modification, unsuitable physical or operating environment, or
improper maintenance by you; and
4.
Failure caused by a product or use of third-party software for which PROVO
CRAFT is not responsible.
The warranty is voided by removal or alteration of identification labels on the Machine
or its parts or disassembly of any component of the Machine. PROVO CRAFT does not
warrant uninterrupted or error-free operation of a Machine.
Any technical or other support provided for a Machine under warranty, such as
assistance with “how-to” questions and those regarding Machine set-up and installation,
is provided WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND.
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