Cricut revolutionizes the world of presses with its new professional Cricut Autopress. See everything you need to know and especially if it’s really for you!
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The new Cricut Autopress is the most sophisticated professional press.
Seriously, I’ve heard horror stories about some other companies’ big presses. Burns, impossible to close due to lack of strength, bad pressure, wasted projects, etc.
I never dared to buy one. It scared me!
Cricut has been studying these presses for years and came up with a press that solves all problems and is super easy to use:
- The buttons to adjust the temperature and time are on a movable control panel (length of 39″ (1 m.) to be accessible at all times and avoid burns.
- The press closes with two fingers and opens automatically at the end of its cycle.
- No pressure to adjust. The press automatically determines the pressure according to the thickness of your project. (It can even press materials, such as wood, up to 2″ (5 cm) thick.)
- The plate is larger (15″ x 12″) than the larger EasyPress
- The removable mat allows the project to be positioned outside the press to once again avoid burns.
- BONUS: once closed, it can be stored vertically.
How to figure out temperature and time
All settings for Cricut materials can be found in the Cricut Heat Guide.
If you use products from a brand other than Cricut, you won’t find them in the Heat Guide. Tests are also conducted for non-Cricut heat transfer materials, but due to the wide variety of materials and different formulas on the market, Cricut is not able to give exact settings.
When working with custom heat transfers, keep in mind that Cricut Autopres works differently than other traditional heat presses.
Cricut Autopress automatically applies consistent pressure for projects up to 2 inches thick. This makes transfers easy and repeatable. This also means that if you use custom heat transfers, the settings for the Cricut Autopress will be different from those recommended by the manufacturer.
So, when working with non-Cricut manufacturer settings, Cricut recommends increasing the temperature by approximately 20% and increasing the length of the pressing time to roughly 30 – 60 seconds.
Who is the Cricut Autopress for?
The Cricut Autopress is not for everyone. If you make projects requiring a press only a few times a month, this press is not for you.
Rather, it is aimed at people who are making projects in bulk and who want to:
- do more in less time;
- ease of use;
- batch production;
- transfer very large designs;
- press thick materials without having to guess the pressure.
The Cricut Autopress will be available for online purchasestarting May 15, 2022 in Canada and the United States. For Europe, May 1st 2022.
If you have any questions about the new Cricut Autopress, feel free to leave them below, I will be happy to answer you.