Will an ipad work with a vinyl cutting machine?

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What should you do if you want to work on vinyl cutting projects with your ipad (or other tablet)? Do vinyl cutters work with tablets and smartphones, or do you require a computer? The good news is yes, there is a very good selection of home crafting machines compatible with ipads, smartphones and other Android tablets.

Vinyl Cutters that work with iPads:

  • Cricut Maker
  • Cricut Explore Air 2
  • Cricut Joy
  • Brother ScanNCut2 CM350e

Vinyl Cutters that DO NOT work with iPads (or any other mobile device)

  • Silhouette Cameo 4 (including Plus or Pro models)
  • Silhouette Portrait 2
  • Silhouette Curio
  • US Cutter MH series
  • Graphtec vinyl cutters
  • Roland vinyl cutters
  • Silver Bullet vinyl cutters

For iPads to work with Cricut machines (or the Brother ScanNCut2), users must connect wirelessly via Bluetooth. Using a wireless connection and the Cricut Design Space app, crafters can send cutting and drawing instructions to their Cricut machine.

The Cricut Maker does come with a mobile device (USB) charging port, but this port is not for data transfer. The Cricut Explore Air 2 and Cricut Joy do not have this charging port feature.

Interestingly, the Brother ScanNCut2 does work wirelessly with iPads and other mobile devices, but it does not have an onboard charging USB port. Instead, it has a USB port for plugging in flash memory drives so the cutter can read and cut files without connecting to a computer or tablet at all!

 Read our full vinyl cutting machine review article here


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