What’s new with the Cricut Explore Air 2 2
The Cricut Explore Air 2 is a member of the family of Cricut tools produced by Provo Craft & Novelty Inc of Spanish Fork, Utah, USA. Released February 2015, the Cricut Explore Air 2 was an upgrade of the Cricut Explore One. There are two major features the Cricut Explore Air 2 offers which are absent in the Cricut Explore One. First of all, it is Bluetooth enabled, this means you are not limited by cable lengths when configuring your workspace. A major snag with previous devices was the fact that they had to be connected to the computer with a USB cable hence the computer had to be close to the machine. With the Cricut Explore Air 2, you are free to work as far away from the cutting space as Bluetooth technology permits.
Secondly, the Cricut Explore Air 2 has does not have just one tool holder. It has the capacity to work with two tools. With a secondary tool holder, you can carry out two different operations simultaneously. You can cut and write or score and cut at the same time. This saves a lot of time and makes your work very easy. Hence, with the Cricut Explore Air 2, work is not just very easy, it is faster and time-saving.
Let us have a look at what comes in the box when you buy the Cricut Explore Air 2. The Cricut Explore Air 2 comes in a box with the following items.
Cricut Explore Air 2:
Obviously, this is the most important item in the box. The Cricut Explore Air 2 comes in different colors. The dimensions for all devices on the Explore series (Explore, Explore Air 2, Explore Air 2 2, Explore One) are the same. The devices have a height of 151.5mm (5.97″), Length of 563.3mm (22.17″) and width of 177.57mm (6.99″). They also all weigh 9.5kg (21lbs).
You can use this bag to store your device when it is not in use. The bag serves to protect the machine from dust, insects, and spills. When you are done for the day, or won’t be using your Cricut Explore Air 2 for a while, it is advisable to store it in the bag. It will protect your machine from scratches as well as dust.
StandardGrip Cutting Mat:
The cutting mat is sticky in nature. It is made sticky so that it holds the material being cut in place as it is being cut. Before any operations are carried out, the material to be cut or written on is placed on the Cutting Mat. The mat serves as the work surface for the machine.
Blade and Housing:
This comes preinstalled in the machine. The blade and its housing are attached to one of the two tool holders. You can get other blades and blade holders to cut special materials
In the box, you have some cardstock. This lets you hit the ground running and begin your first project. The cardstock comes in different colors and textures. You can purchase extra material if the cardstock provided in the box proves to be inadequate.
Pen and Accessory Adapter:
The adapter is preinstalled on the second tool holder. It is on this tool holder that the pen or any other accessory is affixed. The adapter holds whatever accessory you wish to use on the secondary tool holder. To use a pen with it, you simply drop a pen into it.
The Cricut Explore Air 2 runs on electricity. The power cord connects the machine to a power outlet.
The USB cord connects the device to the computer. It is important to connect the Cricut Explore Air 2 to the computer with the USB cord when connecting for the first time. This lets the necessary drivers be installed in the computers. After the necessary drivers get installed, subsequent connections can be made wirelessly.
PARTS OF THE CRICUT EXPLORE AIR 2
The tool cup provides a practical storage space where you can keep tools handy. You can keep scissors, pencils, pens, rulers, etc in the tool cup without fear of having a cluttered workspace. The tool cup helps you keep your workspace organized.
The Open Button is the button to push to unfold the Cricut Explore Air 2. Users can close the Cricut Explore Air 2 to keep it safe and dust-free. The Open Button is the “open sesame” that opens it up and gets it ready for use.
The clamp holds the blade housing in place and ensures it delivers maximum precision while cutting.
The tray is the flat surface where the Cutting Mat and material are placed. The tool holder and blades work on materials placed on the tray.
The Mat Guides are found on the sides of the tray. They keep the Cutting Mat firmly in place and prevent it from moving as the material upon it is being cut. This helps achieve very precise and intricate cuts.
There are two storage compartments. Both compartments are found under the tray. The first compartment is used for storing blades and blade housing safely. The second compartment is used for the storage of other accessories like markers, pens, and their housing adapters.
This is where the USB cord is connected.
This is where the power cord goes in.
This button wakes up the Cricut Explore Air 2. It is also the button to push when you wish to shut down the machine.
Smart Set Dial:
The smart set dial sets the machine to the type of material being cut. There are different materials pre-set, what you just do is to turn the dial to the preset material you wish to operate on. For instance, if you are working on Vinyl, you will simply turn the dial to “Vinyl”
These are three buttons found near the Smart Set Dial. There are used to control movements of the Cutting Mat.
The Load/Unload Mat button loads the Cutting Mat with materials to be operated on by the tools. When the button is pushed and material is already loaded, it rolls out the Cutting Mat so that the material can be removed.
The Go button starts an operation. After you have loaded material to a machine, you push the Go button to commence operations.
The Pause button puts on hold any on-going operation.
The rollers work to push the material being operated under the tool holders so that they can be worked on. The Cutting Mat is placed on the rollers and they roll back and forth to push the cutting mat back and forth. This was the tool holder can reach all parts of the material being worked on to give a very precise cut.