If you're having trouble getting your Cricut to work, there are a few steps you can take to troubleshoot the issue. To begin, it's important to understand the difference between a cut-only project and a print-and-then cut project in Cricut Design Space. If you're looking for an alternative machine to avoid crashes related to Cricut updates, you may want to consider the StarCraft Solo machine. When you're ready to cut your Cricut Print then Cut project, Cricut needs to scan the registration marks in order to know where to start cutting.
If your Cricut isn't printing yet, be sure to use white material if you're using a Cricut Explore or medium to light colored paper for the Cricut Maker. Additionally, if you printed this image with the indent in place, the outermost part of the image (where the Cricut will be cut) is the white shape, so you won't see the indent. In some Cricut Facebook groups, users have reported that logging out of Design Space and logging back in can help resolve the issue. The Cricut library is full of beautiful printable images that are ready to print and then cut.
This is referred to as “drift” in the world of Cricut when the first object cuts perfectly, but then the cut seems to disappear as it goes along. These types of problems can be incredibly frustrating since there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Another Cricut user contacted me with tips and tricks for solving alignment issues when trying to print and then cut an entire sheet of stickers. I have compiled Cricut's most frequently asked questions along with their answers into an online course.
Additionally, I have a lot of great resources on my classes page, including my online course Teach Me Cricut Design Space. For designs to be printable, all you have to do is change them. This is what people have the most trouble with when it comes to using their Cricut projects for print and then cut. If you're constantly having problems with Cricut Design Space and would like somewhere you could go to learn how to use all the buttons and functions so that you can spend more time enjoying your creations, then my online course Teach Me Cricut Design Space may be right for you.
As additional problems arise and new solutions are discovered, I will add them to this Cricut Print then Cut troubleshooting list so that all of the information is in one place.