Can I use my Cricut without using Cricut Design Space?
You cannot use any Cricut machine without Design Space.
Design Space is where you upload or make your projects to later send to your machine to cut. Without DS, your machine would not know what to do. There is not another program that is currently compatible with Cricut machines.
If you want more freedom with making your designs, you can definitely invest in software to make your own SVGs and then later upload your designs to DS. I would suggest looking into Adobe Illustrator or Affinity Designer. If you’re not wanting to pay for software at this time, you can use Inkscape.