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Cricut (New Electronic Cutting System) Collaborates with Autodesk to Bring New Tools to the Maker Movement

Hobbyists, makers and DIY crafters can now make Autodesk 123D projects using the Cricut Explore™ machine (MSRP $299.99), the recently announced design-and-cut system. The content partnership will enable users to make 3D projects at a fraction of the cost and time compared to traditional 3D printers.

Hobbyists, makers and DIY crafters can now make Autodesk 123D projects using the Cricut Explore mach ...

Hobbyists, makers and DIY crafters can now make Autodesk 123D projects using the Cricut Explore machine. (Photo: Business Wire)

Cricut announced today that Autodesk is its first technology partner in Cricut Design Space™, online design software for Cricut Explore. Autodesk and Cricut collaborated to offer a series of Make it Now™ Projects ranging from a 3D brachiosaurus to a DIY smartphone stand. The projects will be available for purchase online in Cricut Design Space www.cricut.com/autodesk online (link) at prices from $1.99 to $3.99. Leveraging the slicing technology of Autodesk 123D Make, Cricut® users can cut and assemble the 3D projects within a couple of minutes.

With the Cricut Explore machine, makers can easily and precisely cut more than 50 materials for their projects, ranging from paper, chipboard and wood veneer to aluminum sheets to leather.

“Cricut, a leader in electronic crafting, is thrilled to partner with Autodesk, the software leader in the maker movement, to bring easy and affordable 3D projects to makers and their families,” says Ashish Arora, President and CEO of Cricut. “Our $299 price per unit combined with an easy online design experience makes it affordable for makers to own a Cricut machine and create with limitless options.”

“Autodesk’s 123D apps are a powerful yet simple way to model in 3D,” said Samir Hanna, vice president, Autodesk Consumer Group. “With this partnership, we want to make it easier for anyone to participate in the maker movement and bring creative projects to life through a fun and affordable imaginative 3D model.”

Pricing and Availability

Cricut Explore is available at a retail price of $299 through Cricut’s retail partners: Jo-Ann Stores, Michaels and Hobby Lobby; and online at Cricut.com, Amazon.com, JoAnn.com, Walmart.com and HSN.com.

About Cricut

Cricut is a world leader in personal electronic cutting machines that enable people to achieve their creative best. For 50 years, Cricut has sold tools that inspire creativity, including the Cricut electronic cutting machine, Cricut Design Space online design software, and the Cricut Cuttlebug embosser and die cutter. Today, millions of people use Cricut products to create projects, and Cricut products have won dozens of industry awards. Visit www.cricut.com

Cricut®, Cricut Explore™, Cricut Design Space™, Make It Now™ and Cricut Cuttlebug™ are registered or applied for trademarks of Provo Craft & Novelty, Inc.

More on Autodesk 123D Make Software

123D Make is a free and powerful app that allows users to take a 3D image of an object and converts it into a 2D pattern of flat parts that can be cut and assembled to form a 3D model of the original image. Users can design projects from scratch or modify and use 3D models available on the 123D community. The 123D Make app is available at http://www.123dapp.com/make.

123D, Autodesk 123D, Autodesk, and the Autodesk logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

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