I have made a lot of posts on this subject so your more than welcome to look up my posts and read my reviews.
I have all the die cutters. That is my big obsession. I know a lot about them. I won't bore everyone with long detailed posts again.
After you research please contact me with any questions because I know how confusing it can be to buy these cutters.
is an excellent resource about die cutting machines.
There is ad that keeps flashing for a site that has info on all the die cutting machine. It is in the right hand corner. Now, that I need it I can't get it to show up.
Yes, Cricut can cut individual designs if you buy the third party software from Craftedge called Sure Cuts Alot. I do own this software and it's easy to learn and makes your Cricut very powerful.
It will void out your warranty on the Cricut. I can't reiterate that enough if this is something important to you. Cricut has relaxed their stance on SCAL and chooses to ignore it now. I post over at the Cricut board too.
I own the Baby Cricut, Cricut Expressions, BossKut Gazelle, Making Memories Slice, Xyron Personal Cutting System and a Wishblade. DH just rescued some of my tools that my Mom had. My Wishblade was in there.
HTH you some! Don't be afraid to ask questions. I am really knowledgable about the systems.