Tip: We recommend always doing a test cut with a small piece of your material before cutting your project to ensure your chosen setting cuts well on your material.
Silhouette Cutting Machines
The Test Cut is an option in the Cut Settings panel in the Silhouette Studio software. Once you have selected a material and adjusted your blade to the suggested depth for that material, you have the option to perform a Test Cut. Your machine will cut a square with a triangle inside.
The purpose of a test cut is to check whether the settings you have chosen for a specific material are correct. If the test cut doesn’t cut all the way through or cut cleanly, then you should alter the blade depth, thickness, or speed and redo a test cut. Do not perform a test cut in the same place as before.
CRICUT TEST CUTTING
In the Design Space software insert a small 1/4 inch square and then do a triangle and place this in the middle of this square, select both and ‘attach'. Place this in the top left hand corner of your vinyl and send to ‘make it' to cut.
Unload it from the machine and weed out the small square. If the triangle stays in place it has cut perfectly. If it didn’t then adjust the settings up or down in your settings and try another cut.
Cricut Makers / Air2 / Explore and Joy Cutting Machines
Not all vinyl will cut on the standard dial setting and you may need to go into the Custom Materials setting in the Cricut Design Space software. we explain how to do this below. When you have a Cricut machine connected to your computer or mobile device, the material settings appear as a series of tiles. If you see your material there, simply click or tap on the tile to select the setting. If you don't see your material listed there click ‘View All' to access the vast list of material settings. Cricut have added a vast list of pre-programmed settings to Design Space, you can select from these pre-programmed settings, or even create your own!
Using a Custom material setting
Sign in to Design Space and create/open a project. Ensure that your Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore machine is powered on and connected to your computer.Proceed to the Project Preview screen. If you have a Cricut Explore, ensure that your Smart Set Dial is set to Custom.
Select Browse All Materials.
Scroll to browse the list, use the All Categories drop-down, or search for a material by name.
Gain access to the Custom Materials screen. You can do this by going to Menu (☰) and selecting Manage Custom Materials, or by selecting Material Settings at the bottom of the page when browsing materials for your project.
If your Cricut Explore or Cricut Maker machine is not cutting all the way through your material or is only scoring the material, this issue can usually be resolved with some basic troubleshooting. Please check the following:
Make sure the material setting you have selected in Design Space or on your Smart Set Dial matches the material on your machine mat. For Cricut Explore models, if you have set the dial to Custom, ensure that you have selected the appropriate material from the Custom Materials list. Open Clamp B and remove the blade housing from your machine. Ensure that you are using a Cricut brand blade. Then inspect the blade and blade housing and remove any debris that may be stuck to the blade or lodged in the blade housing. Once clean, perform a test cut. If the blade and housing are already free from debris or cleaning it did not help, proceed to step 3. Open the Manage Custom Materials page through the account menu and increase the pressure for your material setting by 2-4, then perform a test cut. You may need to increase the pressure settings 2-3 times by increments of 2-4 to see a change in the cut result. Attempt cutting a different material, such as printer paper, using the appropriate setting for that material. Do you experience the same result? If not, it may be an issue with the original material you are attempting to cut. Clear the cache and cookies in your browser and attempt another test cut. If the issue persists, try a different browser (preferably Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox)