Test Processing Parameters for Your Screens
Updated Mar 22,2024
Updated Mar 22,2024

xTool Creative Space (XCS) provides recommended processing settings for the screens of xTool Screen Printer. 

Unlike other materials, you need to set the processing parameters for the screens with caution to ensure that the coating (photosensitive emulsion) in the processed area is removed while the steel wires are not burnt out.

The recommended settings, however, are tested in labs and may not work the best due to laser power attenuation or other machine differences. Therefore, you are advised to test processing settings in an area of 3 inch × 3 inch in an corner of a screen to find out the best settings for your machine before creating your works.

The testing steps are as follows:

1. Download the following file and open it on XCS.

screen test.svg

2. Set the processing type to Engrave and set the Lines per cm by referring to the following table.

Model
Lines per cm
Series
Laser power
S1
10 W
200
20 W
200
40 W
200
D1 Pro
5 W
180
10 W
200
20 W
220
40 W
220

P2

55 W

160

M15 W180
10 W180
     
3. Choose Array > Material test array.

4. Set the array parameters for your machine by referring to the following table.

Model
Power setting for the array
Speed setting for the array
Series
Laser power
Max. (%)
 
Min. (%)
 
Columns
Spacing
 
Max. (%)
Min. (%)
Rows
Spacing
S1
10 W
100
80
5
3
160
140
5
3
20 W
65
45
170
150
40 W
60
40
295
275
D1 Pro
5 W
90
70
5
3
90
70
5
3
10 W
90
70
120
100
20 W
80
60
190
170
40 W
45
25
200
180

P2

55 W7080

5

3

490500

5

3

M1

5 W

100

80

53

115

95

53

10 W

90

70

170

150

     

 

     
After processing, find out the parameter setting for the processed area where the coating is properly removed while no steel wire is burnt out and use it as the processing setting for your screens. Here are some examples.

❌ Steel wires burnt out

❌ Coating not properly removed

Coating properly removed while no steel wire burnt out
The preceding processing results are for reference only. You can observe your processed screen area as follows:
  • Observe the processed screen area under light.
  • Use a mobile phone or camera to shoot the processed screen area with a zoom range of 5 to 10 times and observe the picture.
 
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