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The Makerspace at the Health Sciences Library

Software and Resources

Sites with downloadable designs

While known primarily as a 3D model repository, Thingiverse also contains .svg files for download for laser cutting and design. Dedicated to sharing user-created digital design files under the GNU General Public License or Creative Commons License. Free
Cricut Design Space
Cricut-compatible software with free and paid designs available for use. Designs created in Design Space are not able to be exported. Free / $
Glowforge Community- Free Laser Designs
While most of these projects will have been cut on a Glowforge, the free downloadable .svg files are able to be imported to the Cricut and cut on Cricut-compatible material such as cardstock or cardboard.  Free

Design tools

When you want to design your own objects. Computer stations at The Workshop also have more powerful commercial 3D design software, including Maya and 3ds Max.

Adobe Illustrator
Available for free for all VCU students, faculty, and staff, Adobe Illustrator is a professional-level tool for creating and editing .svg files that can be imported to Cricut Design Space or the Glowforge app.  Free
A free, and open-source vector graphics editor used to create vector images, primarily in Scalable Vector Graphics format. Free
Web-based .svg editing tool Free

Cricut and Design Space Resources

Online Resources From Cricut

Cricut 101 Playlist
This YouTube playlist contains videos published by Cricut helping users get started with their products. Videos include orientations to the equipment itself, as well as simple project ideas geared toward beginners. 
Let's Make It with Cricut Playlist
This YouTube playlist contains videos published by Cricut with various project ideas that showcase the Cricut's capabilities. 
Design Space Introduction
This YouTube playlist contains videos published by Cricut giving beginning users a walkthrough of the Design Space software and how to do basic functions like inserting images and text. 
Cricut Troubleshooting
The Troubleshooting page on Cricut's website offers users commonly reported issues and how to fix them.


Online Classes from Michaels

Cricut 101: Getting Started
This recorded online class from Michaels offers an hour-long introduction to Cricut and covers all the basics needed for users to get started.
How to Cut and Apply Cricut Vinyl
This recorded online class from Michaels offers users instructions on using the Cricut to make vinyl cutouts. 
Cricut Tips and Tricks
This short video from Michaels offers some quick tips for processing prints once finished, including how to weed vinyl, how to use transfer tape, and how to use the burnishing tool.
Cricut Crafts
This YouTube playlist from Michaels includes more project- and tool-specific videos, good for users looking to learn more about how to accomplish specific goals on the Cricut.