The cricut weld tool is one of the more advanced features of the cricut design space software. It allows you to weld two pieces of text or shapes together, essentially creating one piece. This can be helpful for making banners, signs, and other projects where you need multiple pieces to form a whole.
To weld two pieces of text together and connect letters, select both pieces and click the weld tool in the toolbar. The 2 pieces will merge together and become one. Be sure to check the results and make any necessary adjustments.
You can also weld shapes together. Select two shapes and click the weld tool. The shapes will merge into one and the original shapes will be lost. Again, be sure to check the results and make any necessary adjustments.
However, welding on Cricut Design Space is not as easy as we might have made it sound like. So, today we are going to give you all the details that you might need on welding on cricut design space and how to do it right. Let us get into this:
What Does Weld Mean in Cricut Design Space?
Welding is the process of joining 2 pieces of metal together by melting and fusing the 2 pieces together. In Cricut design, welding is used to create shapes and designs by connecting multiple pieces of cut out vinyl or other materials.
Now, you might be thinking as to why would you need to weld when working on Cricut design space, right? Well, weld is actually a very handy tool that can come in handy in a number of different ways.
Here are some of the ways you can use welding in your Cricut designs:
- Welding can be used to create shapes and designs by connecting multiple pieces of cut out vinyl or other materials.
- Welding can be used to create text by connecting multiple letter stencils together.
- Welding can be used to hide the seams between 2 pieces of cut out vinyl.
- Welding can be used to join 2 pieces of fabric together.
How to Weld on Cricut?
Welding on Cricut design space is a hard task and you need to understand it well to begin with. Below, we shall be discussing everything about welding on cricut in three separate sections, starting with the basics:
The Basics of Welding on Cricut Design Space
When welding on Cricut, you must keep the following ideas in mind:
- You always need at least 2 shapes or things to work with the weld. If you try welding a single layer, the button will be greyed out simply and you won’t be able to work. This is because the software needs two different objects in order to make a weld via the attach button.
- The next thing you need to remember is that when you’re welding on Cricut, it’s always good to have a base layer or an object that is significantly bigger than your other object and have both of these on the separate layers. The reason for this is because once you weld two objects together, all the layers will be melded as one and you won’t be able to move them independently from each other. This results in overlapping cut lines, overlapping letters, and overlapping basic shapes and looks weird.
- So, if you have a smaller shape on top of a bigger one and then weld them together as attached layers, the smaller shape will essentially be ‘stuck’ onto the bigger one until you ungroup or release the compound path. With this in mind, it’s often good to create your design with this idea in mind so that you can save yourself some time later.
- To weld, all you need to do is select the two objects that you want to weld together and then click on the ‘Weld’ button which is located in the bottom right-hand corner of the interface. When you hover your mouse over it, it will say ‘Weld selected objects’. As soon as you click on this button, the two objects will be joined together as one and you won’t be able to move them independently from each other anymore.
- If you want to weld multiple shapes, multi layer image, or objects together at once, simply hold down the Shift key on your keyboard and then click on all of the objects that you want to weld. Once you have them all selected, you can then click on the ‘Weld’ button and they will all be joined together.
- If you want to weld two objects together but you don’t want them to be joined at every single point, you can use the ‘Partial Weld’ function. To do this, simply select the two objects that you want to weld and then click on the ‘Partial Weld’ button which is located next to the ‘Weld’ button. When you hover your mouse over it, it will say ‘Partially weld selected objects’.
- As soon as you click on this button, a new window will pop up and you will be able to select how many points you want to weld together on the same arrangement. The more points you select, the more welded the two objects will be. However, if you select too many points, it can often lead to distortion and a poor-quality weld. So, it’s often best to experiment with this setting until you find the sweet spot.
- Once you’ve welded your objects or all the letters together, they will be joined as one and you won’t be able to move them independently from each other anymore. If you want to unweld them, simply select them and then click on the ‘Unweld’ button which is located in the bottom left-hand corner of the interface. When you hover your mouse over it, it will say ‘Unweld selected objects’. As soon as you click on this button, the two objects will be unjoined and you will be able to move them around again.
That’s all there is to know about beginning with welding on Cricut! Now, let us move to the equipment.
Equipment Needed to Weld on Cricut
In order to weld, you will need the following equipment:
- Cricut Machine
- Welding Mat
- Welding Pen
- Cutting Blades
- Shapes Tool
- Cricut Printer (optional)
The welding mat is a very important piece of equipment because it helps to protect your work surface from the heat and sparks that are created when welding.
The welding pen is also important because it helps to guide the weld and ensures that it’s applied evenly. Finally, the cutting blades are necessary because they help to cut the welded shapes out of your material.
If you’re just starting out, I would recommend purchasing a basic welding kit which will include all of the above equipment. This will allow you to get started right away and you can always add additional pieces of equipment as you become more experienced.
Steps to Welding on Cricut
Now that you know what you need, let’s take a look at how to use it! In order to weld, you will need to follow these steps:
1. Selecting The Objects to Be Welded
Before you start welding, you need to select the objects that you want to weld together. In order to do this, click on the “Weld” button in the top toolbar.
2. Adjusting The Weld Settings And Layers Panel
Once you have selected the objects that you want to weld, you will need to adjust the weld settings. You can do this by clicking on the wrench icon in the top toolbar.
3. Welding The Objects Together Using Attach Tool (And Managing Overlapping Cut Lines)
Now that you have adjusted the weld settings, it’s time to weld the objects together! To do this, simply click and drag from one object to another. You will know that they are successfully welded when they turn a light blue color.
4. Saving Your Welded Design
Once you have welded your objects together, you will need to save your design. To do this, click on the “File” menu in the top toolbar and select “Save As.”
5. Exporting Your Welded Design
Now that you have saved your design, you need to export it from the main canvas screen so that you can use it in other programs using important tools. To do this, click on the “File” menu in the top toolbar and select “Export.”
And that’s it! These are the steps that you need to follow in order to weld. If you followed them correctly, you should now have a welded design that you can use in any program that supports SVG files.
Common Cricut Design Space Welding Problems And Troubleshooting Them
Welding is a great feature in Cricut Design Space that can be used to join two images or shapes together. However, there are times when welding doesn’t work the way it’s supposed to. If you’re having problems with your welds, here are some common issues and how to troubleshoot them.
Images Not Welding Together
This is probably the most common welding issue people have. You try to weld two images together, but nothing happens. There are a few things that could be causing this.
The first thing to check is the line type of the images you’re trying to weld. Images with a solid line will weld together, but images with a dashed or dotted line will not. This is because welding only works on solid lines. So if you’re trying to weld two dotted lines together, it’s not going to work.
The other thing that could be causing this issue is the layer order of the images. In order for welding to work, both images must be on the same layer. If they’re not, you won’t be able to weld them together.
To fix this problem, make sure both images are on the same layer and that they have solid lines. Once you do that, try welding them together again.
Welds Are Too Blurry
If your welds are blurry, there are a few things you can do to fix them.
The first thing to check is the line type of the images you’re trying to weld. Images with a solid line will weld together better than those with a dashed or dotted line. So if you’re having trouble with blurry welds, try using images with a solid line.
Another thing that can cause blurry welds is the resolution of the images. If they’re not high enough resolution, they may not weld properly. To fix this, increase the resolution of the images before welding them together.
Finally, make sure both images are on the same layer before welding them. If they’re not, the welds may be blurry because they’re being rendered at different resolutions.
To fix this problem, make sure both images are on the same layer and that their resolutions are high enough. Once you do that, try welding them together again.
Welds Are Too Dark
If your welds are too dark, there are a few things you can do to fix them.
The first thing to check is the line type of the images you’re trying to weld. Images with a solid line will weld together better than those with a dashed or dotted line. So if you’re having trouble with dark welds, try using images with a solid line.
Another thing that can cause dark welds is the color of the images. If they’re the same color, they may not weld properly. To fix this, use different colors for the images you’re trying to weld together.
Finally, make sure both images are on the same layer before welding them. If they’re separate images and not on the same layer, the welds may be too dark because they’re being rendered at different intensities.
To fix this problem, make sure both images are on the same layer and that their colors are different. Once you do that, try welding them together again.
Welding Problems on Cricut? Try These Tips!
There are a few things you can do to help prevent welding problems on your Cricut machine. First, make sure that you are using the right blade for the material you are cutting. If your blade is too dull, it can cause welding problems.
You should also make sure that your mat is clean and free of debris, and that your machine is properly calibrated. If you are still experiencing welding problems, try these tips:
- Increase the speed of the cut for a better cut layer.
- Use a new blade.
- Clean the blades and the roller with denatured alcohol.
- Check the calibration of your machine.
- Try a different cutting mat.
- Reduce the pressure you are applying to the material.
- Increase the power to your machine.
- Cut smaller pieces of material.