LightBurn for xTool D1 (User Guide)

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Disclaimer

If you need to control xTool D1 through LightBurn, download the official release of the LightBurn software. LightBurn is third-party software, and therefore Makeblock Co., Ltd. shall bear no responsibility for any loss caused due to the operation of LightBurn.

The firmware of xTool D1 has been tested in detail by Makeblock Co., Ltd, but incompatibility with the software or hardware may still occur. If errors occur due to incompatibility, you can contact our after-sales service for technical support.

 

Update the firmware of xTool D1

To ensure the compatibility of xTool D1 with LightBurn, you need to update the firmware of xTool D1 to version V1.1.0 B3 that supports LightBurn, and to update the firmware of xTool D1, you need to install Laserbox basic of version V1.1.1 or later.

Perform the following steps to update the firmware of xTool D1:

1. Turn on the power switch of xTool D1.1.png

2. Use the USB cable to connect xTool D1 to your computer.

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3. Double-click the Laserbox basic icon to open it.  

4. Choose Menu > Check for Updates.

If a new version of Laserbox basic is found, update it to the latest version.3.png

5. Choose Menu > Check For Firmware.5.png

6. Select the serial port that xTool D1 uses and click Connect.6.png

7. Click Update Now, and wait for the update to complete.7.png

 

Check the firmware version

1. Select the serial port that xTool D1 uses.8.png

2. Choose Menu > Check For Firmware.9.png

3. Check whether the version is updated to the latest one, that is, 1.0 B3.10.png

 

Obtain and install LightBurn

Go to https://lightburnsoftware.com/pages/trial-version-try-before-you-buy to download the latest version of LightBurn, and install it. If you are a new user, you have a 30-day free trial.

Note: Make sure you use the latest version of LightBurn. The version must be V1.0.0.4 or later.

Configure xTool D1 on LightBurn

Before you configure xTool D1, download the configuration file first:

xTool_D1.lbdev

1. Open LightBurn, click Devices on the Laser

Note:

Make sure that you start to configure xTool D1 in this way instead of choosing Import Prefs from the menu. If you choose Import Prefs, the original configuration is overridden.11.png

2. Click Import to import the file xTool_D1_Prefs.12.png13.png

3. The following device information is displayed after the file is successfully imported.14.png

 

Operation guide--plane processing

1. Place a material to be engraved in the working area.

Put down the ranging rod to set the height of the laser head.

Note:

The center point of the cross-shaped light beams is the start point for framing. You can move the laser head to place the center point in the position where you want to start engraving.15.png

2. Draw a square on the canvas on LightBurn.16.png

3. Set the parameters.17.png

4. Set the start position.18.png

5. Click Frame to see whether the pattern is to be engraved in the expected position of the material.19.png

6. Click Start.20.png

 

Operation guide--rotary processing

Install the rotary roller engraving module on xTool D1

1. Fit cylindrical spacer blocks to the supports of Laserbox D1.

To use the rotary roller engraving module, you need to fit cylindrical spacer blocks to the supports of Laserbox D1. Use the cylindrical spacer blocks supplied by Makeblock. Fit the cylindrical spacer blocks as follows:

(1) Remove the rubber ring from each support.21.jpg

(2) Fit the rubber ring to each cylindrical spacer block.22.jpg

(3) Fit the cylindrical spacer blocks to the supports of Laserbox D1.23.jpg

Note:

If one cylindrical spacer block is not high enough to engrave an object, you can add a second one, and so on.

 

2. Set the position of the movable roller on the rotary roller engraving module and connect it to Laserbox D1.

Use the engraving of a stainless-steel cup as an example.

For details about how to set the position of the movable roller, see "Setting the position of the movable roller."

Connect the rotary roller engraving module to Laserbox D1, as shown in the following figures.24.jpg25.jpg

3. Place the rotary roller engraving module in the middle of the working area of Laserbox D1.26.jpg

Note:

Ensure that you have placed the rotary roller engraving module parallel to the working area of Laserbox D1. Otherwise, the pattern to be engraved on the object may be deformed.

4. Focus the laser head.

(1) Set the laser head to the proper height by using the ranging rod, and then move the laser head over the object to be engraved.27.jpg

(2) Move the laser head again to position the center of the cross-shaped light beams at the start point to be engraved.28.jpg

 

Use LightBurn

1. Click Settings on the toolbar.29.png

2. Enable Show rotary enable on main window in the Settings window that appears, and click OK.30.png

3. Choose Tools > Rotary Setup.31.png

4. Set the parameters for the rotary roller engraving module as follows and click OK.32.png

5. Import the pattern you want to engrave, set the size of the pattern, and set the engraving power and speed.33.png

6. Enable Enable Rotary.

You can click Frame to preview the position where the pattern is to be engraved and then set the laser head to the expected position.

After completing the settings, click Start.34.png

Note:

Currently, the firmware supports only some functions of the rotary roller engraving module. Start From can be set only to Current Position. Settings on the Move tab are not available.35.png

 

Setting the position of the movable roller

Set the engraving position. For example, you can change the position of the movable roller from 2 to 1 as follows:

(1) Remove the screw from the movable roller.36.jpg

(2) Pull up the support of the movable roller. Rotate the movable roller to the target position.37.jpg

(3) Put the support of the movable roller into the corresponding slot and press it into place. The side with a concave part faces away from the movable roller.38.jpg

(4) Tighten the removed screw to fix the support of the movable roller in the target position.39.jpg

 

Recommended settings for material parameters

xTool D1-5W (laser power of 5W)

 

Cutting

Material name

Power

(%)

Speed

(mm/m)

Speed

(mm/s)

Number of times

3.5mm Corrugated Paper

100%

300

5

1

3mm Basswood

100%

240

4

1

4mm Basswood

100%

120

2

1

5mm Basswood

100%

120

2

1

0.7mm Artificial Leather

100%

720

12

1

 

 

Engraving

 

Material name

 

Power

(%)

Speed

(mm/m)

Speed

(mm/s)

Number of times

Basswood

95%

4200

70

1

3.5mm Corrugated Paper

60%

6000

100

1

Artificial Leather

85%

6000

100

1

Stainless Steel

100%

300

5

1

Coated Metal

100%

3600

60

1

xTool D1-10W (laser power of 10W)

 

Cutting

Material name

Power

(%)

Speed

(mm/m)

Speed

(mm/s)

Number of times

3.5mm Corrugated Paper

100%

540

9

1

3mm Basswood

100%

300

5

1

4mm Basswood

100%

180

3

1

5mm Basswood

100%

120

2

1

0.7mm Artificial Leather

95%

1200

20

1

 

 

Engraving

 

Material name

 

Power

(%)

Speed

(mm/m)

Speed

(mm/s)

Number of times

Basswood

75%

6000

100

1

3.5mm Corrugated Paper

40%

6000

100

1

Artificial Leather

50%

6000

100

1

Stainless Steel

100%

720

12

1

Coated Metal

100%

4200

70

1

 

Precautions

1. The start position is set to Current Position by default in the configuration file.40.png

2. The start position is set to Current Position by default in the configuration file. The Transfer mode is set to Buffered by default. Do not change the transfer mode.41.png

3. Enable Overscanning in the layer settings to prevent the edges from being burned black.42.png

4. Currently, you can switch between Laserbox basic and LightBurn after turning on the power switch of xTool D1. To switch between Laserbox basic and LightBurn, you need to power off xTool D1 and then power on it again.

5. To use LightBurn to control xTool D1, you need to set the Scanning Offset Adjust parameters to ensure the engraving performance. These parameters are set by default in the xTool_D1_Prefs configuration file. If you have imported the configuration file, you don't need to set those parameters.43.png

For the description of the Scanning Offset Adjust parameters, go to https://lightburnsoftware.github.io/NewDocs/ScanningOffsetAdjustment.html.

 

More information

For details about the functions of LightBurn, go to the following webpages:

Tutorial video: https://lightburnsoftware.com/pages/tutorials

LightBurn function description: https://lightburnsoftware.github.io/NewDocs/index.html

To read this user guide in another language, you can use Google Chrome to translate it to the target language.

 

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    Nikronomikon

    Is it possible to connect lightburn via Wi-Fi as it is done in the native Laserbox basic program?

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