Making Overlays with Cricut

Does anyone have any experience with Cricut cutting machines? Do we think they could work for prototyping overlays? I believe they are most commonly used to cut vinyl (the raw material).

Max material thickness is 2.4mm on the Maker model. It’s alright within its constraints. I use one for making controller overlays from cardstock or vinyl, mostly. If you want some tactile depth or material options it could work, depending on what your expectations are.

It’s a nifty gadget for printing out a controller overlay and then having it cut out all the fiddly button & knob shapes for you.

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Awesome. Exactly the answer I was looking for. Do you have any examples of overlays you have made with it?

Here’s a selection of some older projects using cardstock, sticker paper and vinyl:


Nice work! Thank you for sharing!

Any examples of Sensel overlays made with the Cricut?

Not yet for a tactile template. I’ve only used it to cut out overlay creator printouts to check for dimensional accuracy (it’s fine).

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How did you glue the cutout overlays on the launchpad mini?
This looks very professional!
Happy Xmas,

TY! The vinyl has its own adhesive backing. If I remember correctly I used Oracal 651 permanent vinyl, matte black. Good stuff. It’s been on the launchpad since 2017.

Thank you!
I can find Oracal 651 permanent vinyl, what is TY?

Sorry, TY = “thank you”.

I used the Oracal vinyl, nothing else. It has good adhesive.

Oh, in this case, of course

I was able to make an overlay on a Cricut machine from two layers of vinyl stuck to a piece of thin foam (from Michael’s). I embedded magnets into the foam and thin pieces of tape on the back hold the magnets in. Since my friend and I only had black vinyl left, I decided to try and color the top layer by hand, which was a mistake. Although this first prototype turned out a bit messy, it is actually good fun to play. The feel of the soft foam under the vinyl is actually quit nice and the Morph remains incredibly sensitive.


This looks awesome. Thank you for sharing! Would love to see/hear how it sounds if you ever get a chance to make a video as well.

Yes, I will make videos about this and a couple of other overlays very soon.

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