Is The xTool D1 PRO Really The BEST Laser Engraver ?
The xTool D1 Pro is by far the most capable laser cutter machine we have gotten our hands on so far! Just like its predecessor, the xTool D1, it features excellent mechanics, advanced stepper motor drivers and a powerful laser module. But this bad boy now boasts a quad-diode laser module! It also has some additional features and functionalities compared to the original D1 that we will mention later in this post. In this article, we will put the xTool D1 Pro 20W through a series of tests which will show what this machine is really capable of!
You can also now get this machine in the Metal Grey or Golden Red color as well!
The xTool D1 Pro 20W is mechanically similar to the xTool D1 and has a rectangular working area of 430 * 390 mm. The new xTool D1 Pro features steel rollers on every axis, which should mean there will be a lot of precision at high speeds and very little mechanical wobble. All of the parts are solid and heavy and have a quality feel to them. The assembly of the machine is easy, and it takes less than an hour to assemble it thanks to a really well written manual with great color illustrations.
Cutting and Engraving Different Materials
Engrave: Wood, Cardboard, Plastic, Leather, Acrylic, Canvas, Fabric, PCB Board, Anodized Aluminum, Electroplating Layer and Paint Surface Layer Metal, 304 Mirror Stainless Steel, Glass, Ceramics, Cotton Cloth, Slate.
The D1 Pro 20W is also a monster of a laser cutter!
Cut: Cardboard, Non-woven Fabric, Wood Board, Acrylic, Some Thin Plastic Board, Sponge; cardboard…
You can cut more than 15mm thick material with this laser engraver. The machine can cut wood like butter, especially Poplar plywood which is soft and it is the preferred wood for all laser cutters.
Avoid some plastics like PVC and vinyl since it releases hydrogen chloride gas while being cut. This gas is toxic and very corrosive (your machine may rust quickly if you are cutting such material with it).
We have tested the machine with engraving and cutting many different materials. The xTool D1 Pro gives outstanding results which are not possible with any diode laser available on the market at the moment. It cuts and engraves better than some industrial grade engravers.
The xTool D1 Pro is available with two laser power options, 10W and 20W. The 10W module has a compressed laser spot of 0.08 x 0.06 mm, but on the 20W module, it's 0.08 x 0.1 mm.
When the laser beam has a compressed spot size, there will be a higher energy density due to the power concentration. This, in turn, allows for high-resolution engravings and deep cuts on materials. For example, with the 20W laser module, you can cut 10mm basswood and 8mm acrylic in one pass. The 20W laser module has four 5W diode lasers inside. Beams from these lasers are combined to give an output power of 20W.
Diode laser engravers with a 20W output power are quite new to the market. Currently, there are two major players who offer a 20W laser module, however the the xTool 20W module is far more superior and it lasts much longer.
The 450nm diode lasers used on the xTool D1 Pro can work on materials like wood, leather, paper, acrylic, fabric, rock, ceramic, glass, and metal like stainless steel.
Remember, as the laser's output power increases you can work on similar material much faster thereby increasing your productivity. For example, with the 20W version of xTool D1 Pro, you can engrave a workpiece at twice the speed that the 10W can achieve. Interestingly, with the 20W laser module on xTool D1 Pro, you can also engrave in colors on metals like stainless steel. It works by oxidizing the surface layer of the metal and exposing it to the laser beam at different speeds and feeds. The color varies depending on the engraving settings.
The X/Y axes of the xTool D1 Pro are belt driven and use steel linear rails and rollers to support the gantries. This minimizes wear-off on the wheel, extending its lifetime.
The D1 Pro can achieve a lightning fast speed of 400 mm/sec (24,000 mm/min)! Combined with a powerful 20W laser module that can cope with this speed, you will save many hours of work time! Times when we were waiting hours for engravings to complete are long gone!For adjusting the laser focus along the Z-axis, you'll have to loosen the laser module and move it up or down, depending on the material thickness but it has one of the easiest focusing mechanisms seen on a diode laser.
xTool D1 Pro has integrated a new feature where you can adjust the height of the focus to account for the different depths you are trying to cut. When engraving, you can set it at zero, but while cutting, you can set the laser module to focus at the center of the workpiece for maximum efficiency with cutting.
The CNC controller onboard xTool D1 Pro is housed inside the front frame, just under the power switch. It can be connected to a computer using USB or WiFi. You can also send the project file to the machine through a memory card slot integrated into it.
Limit switches help the machine detect the workable area and calibrate its movement. Without them, the machine can slam into the frame causing a bit of jitter and grind. On the xTool D1 Pro, there are 4 proximity limit switches along the XY axes to detect if the laser head touches any of the 4 frames. This allows you to work with absolute coordinates. The limit switches are placed on both ends of the axes. When the laser head comes too close to the switches it activates an alarm.
xTool D1 Pro has two NEMA17 stepper motors. The Y axis uses a single motor but the X axis uses a shaft to connect the belt drives on both sides to prevent racking. It has Trinamic stepper motor drivers which drive the motors with a pure sine wave. This way the motors are very precise and silent. There are no jagged edges when engraving diagonal lines.
A very serious laser engraver that can do it ALL. Period!
Conclusion: The xTool D1 Pro 20W has it all - the power, the speed, the quality, the usability and upgrade-ability. With this laser engraver, you can work fast, efficiently and reliably! It is a well thought out machine that can do it all. It is a great machine for a serious user or for one that wants to start a laser engraving business. on a small to medium scale.
xTool has a rotary upgrade (xTool RA2 Pro) that you can get. It allows you to work around a workpiece using the roller, chuck, sphere, or ring configuration.VIEW DETAILS
xTool D1 Pro Extension Kit
With the extension kit upgrade for D1 Pro, you can increase the engravable area to 936 x 432mm from 430 x 390 mm. It comes with lengthy frames and timing belts that you can use to replace the default setup.VIEW DETAILS
xTool D1 Pro Air Assist Set
The air assist upgrade set comes with an air pump and connecting parts, allowing you to integrate the air-assist capability into the D1 Pro. Laser machines with air assistance reduce the burn density on the cut surfaces, thereby preventing discoloration.VIEW DETAILS
xTool Honeycomb Working Panel
xTool honeycomb working panel set includes an aluminum sheet and honeycomb panel. The aluminum sheet helps protect the work desk, and the honeycomb hole design on the workpiece allows for more airflow below the workpiece, thereby minimizing the burn density.VIEW DETAILS