Bill, I have a Cricut Explore Air. I haven’t used it much, but when I need card, paper, fabric, etc., it’s super helpful. Here’s a project where layers of paper & fabric elements got cut on the Cricut and glued in layers behind the window.
As I recall, rooster snuck into one of the buildings…
My model won’t cut styrene, even 1/32. Though there are improved Cricut models which I believe will.
Anyway, I would NOT recommend a Cricut, and here’s why: They assume you want to strap on your feminine self and dive into the world of scrap-booking and other frilly stuff [edit: I don’t mean to put anyone down for feeling differently, that’s just my personal reaction to their business model which is very different from other tool providers, e.g., Harbor Freight, Micro-Mark or Grizzly]. The software requires you connect with their web facilities, with constant nagging to buy their latest greeting card pattern or paper flower design or whatever. And buy their adhesive foil, glitter paper, curly edge scissors, or whatever else on sale. Different planet, at least for me.
The main problem for me though is their minimal support for DXF files, because that’s all I can use with this machine. To import DXF’s, it takes a lot of working around their user interface, which is awful, IMO. I’d use the machine more if it were simply a machine. But no, it’s a lifestyle…
SO, Bill, I wholeheartedly endorse what Dave suggests, regarding buying a generic cutter.
But no, wait! I could do that instead, and sell you a nice, clean, white and baby-blue Cricut Explore Air, with free unused glitter paper, and at a deeply discounted price!!
Crap I should have led with that!!