How To Use The Cricut Engraving Tool

The Cricut Engraving Tool is an innovative tool that can engrave intricate designs on various surfaces. Designed to work with the Maker, this powerful tool enhances your ability to create one-of-a-kind gifts, personalized home décor, and unique craft projects.

If you are experienced or just getting started with Cricut, this guide will take you step-by-step through the process of using the Engraving Tool. You'll be guided on what materials to use, how to set up your project in Design Space, and finally engrave your design.

It is essential to remember that the Cricut Engraving Tool can only be utilized with a Cricut Maker and will not work on other models. Additionally, depending upon your material choice and design selection, outcomes may differ dramatically. 

The materials you will need to use the Cricut Engraving Tool include:

  • Cricut Maker machine
  • Cricut Engraving Tool
  • Cutting mat
  • The material you want to engrave (ex. metal, acrylic, leather)
  • Power adapter
  • USB cable

By the end of this guide, you will have the knowledge and confidence to use the Cricut Engraving Tool to create your own unique and personalized projects. Let's get started!

Preparing Your Project For Engraving

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Before you start engraving your project, it's essential to take certain measures to make sure that the design is configured properly in Cricut Design Space and that you have the right materials handy.

1. Choosing the right material for engraving

The Cricut Engraving Tool is incredibly versatile and capable of engraving a variety of materials such as metal, acrylic, leather, and beyond. However, bear in mind that different substances will require distinct settings to achieve the desired effect.

To ensure successful results each time you use the tool for any material type, take some time to visit their website or consult your user manual for recommended settings tailored specifically for engravings on specific materials.

2. Setting up the Cricut Design Space

To perfectly craft your design in Cricut Design Space, it's time to open the program and create a new project.

Once you have all of your desired elements ready, make sure that the engraving tool is activated as the active tool and adjust any necessary settings for optimal results.

This will guarantee that when it comes time to start cutting or etching, everything runs smoothly.

3. Preparing your design in Cricut Design Space

Once your design is complete, you can fine-tune your settings and make any alterations as desired. Then, choose the material that needs to be engraved and ensure that the engraving tool is set as active.

Additionally, you can customize the settings for your engraving machine to get the desired outcome.

To ensure accuracy and precision, make sure to place your design on the cutting mat in an organized manner before beginning the engraving process.

Begin Engraving Your Project

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After you have your design finalized in Cricut Design Space and all the necessary materials gathered, it's time to begin engraving. This process involves a few steps.

First, place your material on the cutting mat. Then adjust the engraving depth setting before finally employing the Cricut Engraving Tool to inscribe your design into whatever object you are creating.

Step 1: Placement of material on the cutting mat

To begin engraving, set your material on the cutting mat and align it correctly to ensure that it is properly secured. When ready, press the load button to feed the mat into your Cricut Maker machine so you can finally start customizing.

Step 2: Adjusting the engraving depth 

The engraving depth plays a pivotal role when using the Cricut Engraving Tool - it determines how deep into your material the design is engraved.

This setting can be changed in Cricut Design Space based on what type of item you are working with. Typically, thin materials will demand lighter etching depths and thicker items require deeper ones.

Step 3: Using the Cricut Engraving Tool to engrave your design 

After you upload your design and correctly adjust the engraving depth, it's time to let Cricut Maker do its work. This machine will smoothly glide across the material, carefully etching your beautiful design with precision.

Depending on the complexity of the artwork and the size of the surface area being engraved, this process may take a few minutes.

Step 4: Removing your project from the cutting mat 

After the engraving is completed, you should delicately remove your project from the cutting mat.

As the engraved surface can be fragile and prone to fracturing, handle it gently and wait until it cools before handling again for extra security.

cricut engraving housing

Other Important Steps To Consider

To produce the best-looking result and keep your Cricut Engraving Tool in optimal condition, you must finish up by completing these few steps after engraving.

1. Finishing your project

To ensure your project looks its best, some additional finishing steps may be required based on the material you used. Metal materials need to be polished for a shine and other surfaces require painting or coating to protect them from wear and tear over time.

It is important that you abide by the recommended guidelines of your particular material when applying any finishes so that it will come out just as desired.

2. Cleaning the Cricut Engraving Tool

For optimal performance, the Cricut Engraving Tool should be frequently maintained. To ensure this, start by using specific cleaning solutions to do a deep clean and then wipe off any excess with a dry cloth.

Additionally, take out any build-up of dirt or dust inside the tool for it to remain in perfect condition.

3. Storing the Cricut Engraving Tool

When you're done with your Cricut Engraving Tool, it's critical to store it securely for optimal protection.

Make sure that the tool is cleansed and dried off before storing, then find a safe place where dust or moisture won't damage the tool.

Common FAQS

In this section, you will find answer some of the most common questions about using the Cricut Engraving Tool. 

Can I use the Cricut Engraving Tool on any type of material?

With the Cricut Engraving Tool, you can add intricate details to all different types of materials such as metal, acrylic, leather, and more. To ensure that your desired material is compatible with this amazing tool and for safe operation settings it's best to refer either directly to the user manual or on Cricut’s website.

Can I use the Cricut Engraving Tool on a Cricut Explore or Cricut Joy?

The Cricut Engraving Tool is only compatible with the Cricut Maker. It will not work on other models of Cricut cutting machines.

What is the engraving depth and how does it affect my project?

Cricut Design Space allows you to adjust the engraving depth of materials with its Engraving Tool. The deeper into the material this tool penetrates, the greater your design's engraving will be; thin materials should have a shallower setting while thicker ones require more profound depths for optimal clarity.

Is it possible to engrave images or photographs?

Yes, you can engrave pictures or photographs using the Cricut Engraving Tool - though it may take time and practice to attain your desired outcome. To ensure a successful result, make sure the image is of high-quality resolution, properly sized, and precisely placed in Cricut Design Space.

Can I engrave words or text?

Yes. The Cricut Engraving Tool makes it possible to expertly inscribe any words or text with precision. Although, acquiring the perfect outcome may require some practice and testing. It's vital that you also size and place your text accurately in Cricut Design Space as well as utilize a high-grade font for best results.


All in all, the Cricut Engraving Tool is a powerful instrument that enables you to engrave detailed designs and patterns into an extensive variety of materials.

By following the steps given in this guide, you will be able to successfully plan your design, carve out your project, and complete it with desirable results.

Keep in mind that the Cricut Engraving Tool is exclusively compatible with the Maker machine, so it's best to check out their website or user manual if you need assistance determining the recommended settings and materials for engraving.

Don't be afraid to experiment a little and have fun - use this tool to craft amazing, one-of-a-kind projects!