Design Space: Calibration

How to Find It

  • Windows: ≡ Menu -> Calibration

When to Use it

If you notice that there are issues with the accuracy of cutting with the print-then-cut feature, you need to calibrate your machine. Your Maker needs to be calibrated when you change the knife or rotary blades.


On first use, you’ll be prompted to calibrate the machine. After that, you may want to calibrate the following processes:

  • Print-then-cut — Explore and Maker machines
  • Knife blade — Maker
  • Rotary blade — Maker

To begin the calibration process, select ≡ Menu -> Calibration. The above screen displays. Click on the item you wish to calibrate, then follow the on-screen prompts. For each, you’ll need a piece of cardstock and a mat. For Print Then Cut, you’ll also need access to a printer.

You’ll need to follow the prompts. However, if you’re reading this, you’re probably wondering what “following the prompts” might entail! The brief overview is that for Print Then Cut, the process asks you to print a calibration sheet. For the others, you need just a plain sheet of cardstock. You’ll mount either the printout or the cardstock to a mat, load the mat, then press Start. It’ll make some cuts, then you select the best cut per the directions on the screen. Once you’ve made the selection, the machine is calibrated. It’s not a difficult process and it should only take about 5-10 minutes.