The press beeps when the transfer is complete. The handle of the mug remains cool to the touch during pressing, allowing it to be safely removed from the press. As with other mug presses, Cricut mug presses use sublimation mugs. The sublimation mugs contain a polyethylene coating that reacts with ink and heat.
Not all sublimation mugs are created the same way when it comes to having a polyethylene coating applied very evenly. The Cricut mug press is designed for use in well-ventilated indoor domestic environments and meets the requirements of accepted product safety standards. The Cricut mug press applies heat and pressure to transfer infusible ink onto the blanks of the Cricut mug. As such, users will be close to the hotplates.
Be very careful, as the machine operates at high temperatures that can lead to burns. Users may also experience odors and fumes associated with heating appliances and the infusible ink transfer process. Use only in well-ventilated areas and follow all the steps found in the Cricut Interactive Heat Guide to transfer your designs. Unlike the other Cricut heat presses, there are no time and temperature settings on the Cricut mug press.
If you don't have a compatible computer with a USB port, you'll need to borrow a computer with the correct port to activate your Cricut mug press. But you don't have to worry about it either, because the Cricut mug press does it for you, it takes the temperature of the mug and the ambient room to determine the correct temperature and pressure settings. If you're not sure how to upload an SVG cut file to Cricut Design Space, check out this helpful training video series I've created for you. I've been playing with my Cricut mug press for the past month and I've made too many cups, so I wanted to share some tips and tricks of using the machine and some Cricut mugs that I've already made.
I think they work best for the surround designs offered at Cricut Design Space, they are the perfect size and don't have the grid lines that other infusible inks have. I recommend that you use a Cricut EasyPress mat instead, which you'll see me use later. The 12 x 12 size fits the Cricut mug press with additional space for cooling cups. I put the code, you gave it in the mug press ad, (MAKERFUN) and it said it didn't apply to Cricut machines.
Plus, you can design everything with an easy-to-use cup template in Cricut Design Space and cut with any of the Cricut machines. I love making mugs and have been using the Cricut mug press to make amazing mugs for the past few weeks. You'll hear the Cricut mug press beep three times, like the other Cricut presses, so you know it's about to go out. The Cricut mug press takes the temperature of your mug and the ambient temperature in your room, and determines the settings that are right for you.
If you're not familiar with using and weeding this material, be sure to check out my full tutorial on using Cricut infusion ink, making coasters with infusion ink, and applying infusion ink to metal.