How to Setup a Cricut Maker 3 on a Computer (Windows/Mac)?

  • Posted by:Mathew Jones

The Cricut Maker 3 is Cricut's most advanced and versatile DIY cutter machine. With some amazing features on board – the 2x faster speed of the Cricut Maker and 10x the cutting power of the Cricut Explore Air 2 – this is definitely a cutting machine to consider.

This cutter machine redefines versatility, but with it comes a bulky price tag that may leave some crafters wondering if this is the right cutting machine for them.

In this blog post, we explore what you can expect from this machine, including its key features, pros, and cons, what comes in the box, the Cricut maker setup, and many more.

What Is Cricut Maker 3 Machine?

The Cricut Maker 3 is a powerful craft cutter machine that can cut, draw, emboss, and even engrave with one button click. The main selling point of this cutter is its ability to use smart materials, which removes the need to use a cutting mat and lets you cut DIY projects up to 12 ft. tall. It's a bit expensive, but it's perfect if you're serious about getting creative or want a cutter machine that can be used for your business.


  • A good way to get rid of all those annoying cutting mats and power outages fast

  • Larger craft projects are unlocked, as you can cut up to 12 ft. tall

  • It is quiet and fast, so you'll be profitable in weeks. 


  • The possibility of cutting large craft projects up to 12 ft tall is limited only by smart materials.

  • It has become costlier than before, and offline cutting is hard

What Are the Main Features of the Cricut Maker 3?

The Cricut Maker 3 is truly the ultimate cutter machine and will appeal to crafters who want the most exclusive desktop machine available.

Serious crafters or hobbyists, and business owners alike are ready for the Maker 3's highly amazing features:

  • This cutter machine can cut 300+ different types of materials. 

  • 2x faster as a Cricut Maker when using smart materials 

  • Compatible with smart materials for metalless cutting and long cuts up to 12 ft.

  • It is compatible with 13 tools for cutting, scoring, writing, foiling, and embellishing

  • 10 times the cutting power of the Cricut Explore Air 2

  • It works with a rotary blade to cut almost any type of material

What Comes in the Cricut Maker 3 Box?

You will find the following items in the Cricut Maker 3 box:

  • Cricut Maker 3 machine

  • A Fine-Point Blade 

  • A welcome card with samples (smart vinyl, smart sticker cardstock, smart iron-on, and transfer tape) for your first project

  • 1 USB Cable 

  • Adaptive Tool Housing

  • 1 Power Adapter

  • A free trial plan for new Cricut Access subscribers

  • Access to 100 pre-designed projects

Cricut has a sample of each smart material, so you can see how amazing they are.

The power adapter was updated with this new cutting machine release. The new power adapter provides 3 amps of output. The enhanced capability is required to provide 10x the cutting force as the Cricut Explore models while allowing you to charge your tools using the charging port, enabling faster cutting speeds and no mats.

What Materials Can the Cricut Maker 3 Cut?

The Cricut Maker 3 can cut all types of paper, from basic scrapbook paper to delicate paper and everything in between.

  • Acetate

  • Adhesive foil    

  • Aluminum foil    

  • Art/illustration board

  • Balsa wood 

  • Basswood 

  • Burlap        

  • Butcher paper    

  • Canvas

  • Cardstock 

  • Chipboard

  • Construction paper    

  • Copy paper 

  • Cotton    

  • Denim    

  • Faux leather

  • Glitter cardstock    

  • Heat transfer 

  • Matboard

  • Microfiber

  • Polyester

  • Poster Board    

  • Shimmer leather 

  • Silk

  • Smooth glitter paper    

  • Sparkle paper    

  • Stencil vinyl    

  • Sticky note

  • Tissue paper    

  • Transfer foil

  • Vinyl    

  • Ziberline

Keep in mind the Maker 3 machine works with 13 different types of tools, such as knife blades for thick materials, rotary blades for fabrics, and the QuickSwap for pro-level scoring, debossing, engraving, and adding effects.

It comes with a fine-point blade, so you'll be ready to cut right out of the box. 

What Is the Difference Between Cricut Maker 3 and Cricut Maker?

The major differences between the Cricut Maker 3 and Cricut Maker are cut length, speed, and the ability to cut smart materials without a cutting mat. The Maker 3 machine cuts smart materials up to 12 feet in length and speeds up to 2 times faster than the Cricut Maker's "Fast Mode" feature. The Maker machine is limited to a 12″ x 24″ mat size for cutting projects.

How to Create and Log in to Cricut Design Space Account? 

In order to use your Cricut machine, you will need to create a Cricut Design Space account. Cricut Design Space is a software program for creating and designing craft projects with your Cricut cutting machine. Creating an account will give you access to saved projects, designs, and payment details.

Step 1: Create a Cricut Design Space Account

  1. First of all, open a web browser on your computer. 

  2. After that, navigate to ""

  3. At the bottom of the webpage, hit the "Get Started" button.

  4. Input your full name and email address, and then select your country. 

  5. Read the Cricut "Terms of Use," then tick and check the box indicating that you’ve accepted them.

  6. Before entering the details, check the "Send me Cricut tutorials, inspiration, and deals via email."

  7. Cricut will email you about sales, new releases, and more. If you don't want to receive these emails, uncheck the box.

  8. Once you set it all, click “Create User ID.” You will see the mail that your account has been created, and tap the "Continue" button.

  9. Now, Cricut asks you some questions to get to know you better.

  10. These questions help Cricut to know who its user base is.

  11. From the drop-down menu box, choose the right answer.

Step 2: Download & Install the Design Space Software 

  1. Install the Design Space software. You will use it to design with the machine. 

  2. After that, press the "Download" button. 

  3. A setup wizard will pop up and follow all the basic steps.

  4. And then, you have to click the "Next" button.

  5. Read the "Terms of Use Agreement" and tick the"I accept the Agreement" box. 

  6. In the next step, hit the "Install" button. 

  7. Now, Cricut Design Space will install on your computer. 

  8. The software will finish the installation process, and you will notice a confirmation screen. Tap on the "Done" button. 

  9. The final screen will open on your computer, and then hit "Continue."

  10. You're ready to start creating projects with your Cricut machine.

  11. Once connected, you need to select the "Continue" button. 

  12. Cricut will check to see if you need to update your machine. Hit the "Continue" button.

  13. The new screen will display, "Get your free gifts, " allowing you to activate your 14-day Cricut Access plan (free).

  14. If you want to postpone activating it, leave it as is.

Step 3: Cricut Design Space Login 

Once you have created a Cricut Design Space account, you will need to log in to your account from Follow the easy steps given below:

  1. First, open an internet browser on your computer. 

  2. In the search bar, input the URL ""

  3. Download and install "Cricut Design Space" on your computer. 

  4. Under the "Settings" tab, go to the "Account" section and hit the "Sign In" button. 

  5. Now, provide your email for your Cricut account.

  6. Enter your password and select the "Sign In" button.

  7. Select “Create Cricut ID” if you’re new to the software.

  8. In the next window, enter all the required details.

  9. Now, read the software "Terms and Conditions."

  10. Go back to the last screen and tick the "I Agree the Cricut Terms of Use" box.

  11. And also, tick the "Send me Emails (deals, tips & inspiration)" option.

  12. After that, click the "Create Cricut ID" button again.

  13. After the step is over, you will receive a mail regarding the completion of the process.

  14. You can check that your Cricut account is logged in by going to ""

  15. Finally, get started with your craft projects with ease.

How to Setup a Cricut Maker on Windows/Mac?

Complete the simple and easy steps in the section below to set up the Cricut Maker on your Windows/Mac system:

  1. First, plug in the Cricut Maker machine and turn it on.

  2. Then, pair the machine with your system via Bluetooth or USB cable.

  3. Next, you need to open a web browser on your system.

  4. In the search bar, copy and paste this URL ""

  5. After that, download and install the Design Space software on your system.

  6. Follow the steps displayed on the web page to sign in with your account and set up the machine.

  1. Once you are done, you can start creating your unique DIY projects.

If you need to set up a Cricut Maker on your iOS/Android device, visit  ""

How to Setup a Cricut Maker 3 on Windows/Mac Via Bluetooth?

To set up the Maker 3 machine on your Windows/Mac computer, follow the basic steps given below: 

For Windows 

  1. To get started, plug in the Maker 3 machine and power it on.

  2. After that, pair the machine with your computer via Bluetooth.

  3. Be sure the machine and your computer are within 10-15 feet.

  4. Now, tap the "Start" window menu icon and open the "Settings" tab.

  1. From the next window, you have to select the "Devices" option.

  1. On your computer, make sure Bluetooth is turned on.

  2. After that, select "Add Bluetooth or other device."

  3. Tap the "Bluetooth" option and wait for your computer to find your machine.

Now, you have to select your Cricut model from the provided list.

  1. Your machine is paired with a Bluetooth connection.

  2. Go back to the Design Space app and select "New Product Setup."  

  3. The Cricut Maker 3 will display "Connected" during setup.

Note: These above instructions are for your Windows 10 computer.

For Mac

  1. To start, plug in the Maker 3 machine and power it on.

  2. Then, connect the machine to your system via wireless Bluetooth.

  3. Be sure the machine and your computer are within 10 to 15 feet.

  4. Go to the "Apple" icon, and click "System Preferences" from the drop-down menu.

  5. After that, search for the wireless Bluetooth option.

  6. Next, you have to make sure Bluetooth is turned on.

  7. Now, select the machine model from the list.

  8. The Maker 3 machine is paired with a wireless Bluetooth connection. 

  9. Go back to the Design Space app and then "New Product Setup." 

  10. The Cricut Maker 3 will appear as connected during setup.


With all this talk, should you buy the Cricut Maker 3? If you're a new user, the Cricut Maker 3 machine has been upgraded and delivered for easy access. That may not be enough for everyone to consider upgrading; it also depends on how often you use the machine.

If you look at the price, the Maker 3 machine is not more than the Cricut Maker. However, smart materials can save you time and money with quick, matless cuts. For beginners, Cricut also offers two Cricut Maker 3 bundles to help you get started with the materials and tools needed.

So the question concerns whether you can take advantage of Cricut's crafting feature. If you're not bothered by the small limitations, there's a lot of creative space to explore with Cricut Maker 3.