July 28, 2010


I saw the new Imagine machine at CHA and it is AMAZING!!! I have some video and pics that I need to upload.  I think it will answer a lot of your questions. 

Matt providing a demo of the new Imagine

Is the ink regular inkjet ink or archivers ink?  It is an inkjet printer.  It takes a black cartridge and a color cartridge.  I asked if it is archival and the answer is yes.  

Does the machine use ink to clean the heads?  I believe so.  It does the process to clean heads like other printers do.  It is an HP printer combined with a cricut.

Can you cut if you run out of ink?  You can use it just like a cricut as well.  Specifically to answer this one, I will have to ask.  I believe you can use it just like the expression without having to 'print' anything. 

Can you print in black if you run out of color ink?  I would say yes as it is just like your inject printers.  I can print black when my color ink is out. 

Will this machine in the future accept the larger mats? At this time it is only 12x12.  The mat will work in the cricut expression but, the cricut mat will not work in the new Imagine.  The reason is that the new mat has registration marks that the existing mat does not.  It is made from the same material as the current mat.

Can the gypsy be plugged into the machine or do you have to do all of the designing at the machine? The gypsy can be plugged into it.  There will be an update on September 13th and I have some ideas about it but, no one would confirm nor deny my thoughts. :) 

Since the g can connect to the new machine, after you have designed on the g, can you take your g designs and use the color feature just as they did with the horse? I do not know if it will work if you create your own design since the machine appears to work with the cart images. Sometimes the g’s designs have multiple images so can it go through each design, color and print those designs?  I believe the September update will add a lot of features.  They did not share a lot about the updates in September.  I do know that you will be able to save what you did on the Imagine in your Gypsy so, you can do more of that design later. 

What type of papers can this machine use or print on?  You can use white paper for the whole thing and design your own colors and such.  You can use paper like you use on the Expression now.  Although you wouldn't necessarily need paper other than white depending on your application.

Can the machine be hooked to the computer and can it cut from ds, images and fonts from our computer?  I do not think that they are allowing the abilities to interface with it like third party software.  You can use DS and the Gypsy with it.  I think there is more coming with this but, at this time I do not know if you can use a third party software program with it.  If you can do so, I am sure that it will void your warranty as they say with the expression now. 

If I think of any more I will update this list.

Is it just white paper that it accepts?  No any paper just like the expresssion.  Although if you try to print an image on a colored paper it will affect the images.  What I mean is just like on a printer if you put in yellow paper you can't expect to print yellow on it to show up and your colors would be effected. 

Will it accept any brand or type of paper? No, you can only buy Stampin' Up! paper from me! LOL  Sorry, I couldn't resist.  You can use any brand of paper that you currently use in the Expression.  The only thing is that it needs to be bendable because when it prints and cuts it curves around as it switches to the next process. 

Some other things is that it will support existing cartridges plus, you can use new 12 new Cricut Imagine Art cartridges specifically for this new machine, plus 12 new Cricut Imagine Colors & Patterns cartridges

You can merge the cartridges as well.  You can take an existing cartridge and add colors and patterns to it mixing the Imagine Colors & Patterns cartidges. 

More FAQs:
Imagine, the world’s first tool that precisely prints and cuts with the touch of a button, requiring no computer or software.

With print and cut together, now and you can add color and dimension to your creative projects, bringing them to life like never before. Cricut Imagine saves you time since you no longer have to use three different tools to get designs, print, and then cut projects. The new machine helps you add more personalization and creativity to projects with a new library of content including shapes, patterns, and color. In addition, Cricut Imagine is easy to use and is built upon award-winning cutting and printing technology from Provo Craft and HP. Cricut Imagine is currently on display at the Craft & Hobby Association Summer Convention and Tradeshow in Chicago.

Cricut Imagine gives new life to all your original Cricut cartridges! Now you can add colors and patterns when pairing the original cartridges with NEW Cricut Imagine Colors and Patterns cartridges.

“Cricut Imagine is not only unique to the crafting industry, but to the world of technology. There is not another device that incorporates printing and cutting the way this machine does,” said Jim Thornton, CEO of Provo Craft. “The pairing of print and cut technology could only be done by the leaders in each category—HP and Provo Craft. We’re eager to see what our customers can now do with a simple sheet of white paper and Cricut Imagine print and cut technology.”

Cricut Imagine features include:

Cricut Imagine cartridges are enhanced by Cricut Pattern and Cricut Color cartridges to add dimension and layering

Cricut Imagine is fully compatible with all original Cricut cartridges.

Compatible with Gypsy by Cricut handheld design studio

Easy-to-use LCD touch-screen navigation so that all information is right at your fingertips

New detachable accents to be able to personalize your machine with colors and textures

Access to a vast new library of content and artwork: Over 150 original Cricut cartridges (with several new cartridges introduced each month), 12 new Cricut Imagine Art cartridges specifically for this new machine, plus 12 new Cricut Imagine Colors & Patterns cartridges

On-board color and pattern selector - choose your own colors, sizes, and much more

Works with paper sizes up to 12” x 12” and make cuts from .25” to 11.5”, making large-format print and cutting possible

Retractable paper tray

No computer necessary

Uses same blades and blade housing as current Cricut products

Uses a separate mat than original Cricut machines

Suggested retail for Cricut Imagine is $599.99.

If you have more questions, please let me know.  Hopefully, I can answer them. 

I am so excited to see all the exciting things at CHA on Tuesday in Chicago. Be sure to be a follower and check back for updates on CHA. I will also be updating about the Tuesday night Provocraft party for the new Imagine!

Be sure to enter the drawing to win 16 oz of Sugar Veil and Spreader!  More info on July 26th post!


ysd_54 said...

thanks for the info. Can't wait to see the video.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all this good information. Since you seem to be out there getting answers here are some more questions to ask.
-Can you cut out things without a large bleed area (cut right to the edge of an image)? If not how large a bleed is needed?
-Which type of HP ink is it so we can look up the Wilhelm report or is there a wilhelm report for this ink we can see?
-Is special paper required to achieve archivality with the ink?
-Can you use it as a flatbed printer for heavy materials like chipboard and if so how thick can the material be?
-Can you print without a mat? (Use it like a normal printer)
-Can it cut chipboard, vinyl, etc. like any other Expression?
-Does it print full bleed 12 x 12?
-When you look at a full sheet of cutouts like the owls can you tell that the Cricut is less accurate at the opposite end of the page from the blade starting point? (Am wondering if the creep has been corrected or if the bleed just hides it)
-Does the machine have designer color palettes for those who are not artistic or are you just picking colors from the usual palette.
-Can you print journaling and cut a shape around it with or without a computer?
-Will the Imagine cartridge have normal print journaling style fonts that are not made for cutting or filling with color?
Also, closeups of cutouts and the mat with cutouts removed would really help.
Ok, that should be enough for now. Thank you so much and have a great time at CHA!

Anonymous said...

YOU ARE TRULY AWESOME!!! THANK YOU FOR ASKING THE QUESTIONS!! Although his answers to some of the questions were vague or not sure at least we are one step closer to understanding the Imagine. One thing, not all inkjets will print if the color runs out so I need someone to test it so we can be sure but of course that will not be until September! GOOD JOB! Reporter Diva! lol


Anonymous said...

Someone wants to know the dimensions of the Imagine. Did I tell you that you have received your reporter's badge! lol


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