I've been trying to learn all I can about the Cricut hardware and its potential for upgrades and alterations.
Last night I completely disassembled my Cricut Create and took closeup photos of the circuitry. Then, I realized I could completely extract the metal "working" parts of the machine and reassemble outside of the shell. This allows much greater access and room for potential modifications.
At some point I'll build some kind of new "open air" case to display the guts in working condition rather than try to stuff it back in the old case.