Also it pulls about 17 watts and the current LOUD air assist pump i use now pulls about 40 watts. If I run a job and I have any concern that a power loss would ruin the working piece……..I use a portable power supply such as a Jackery.
This is uniquely frustrating and equally interesting, and also a cry for help. I’m currently researching laser history. There is considerable reference material out there. But none of it has anything to do with the timeline of the desktop laser engraver.
There simply isn’t much documentation of the development of consumer grade desktop lasers. Forum discussions from the early 2000’s now point to a bunch of dead links. It would take considerable effort to rebuild that knowledge.
I purchased one of the xTool Infrared Laser modules and while it is super cool there does seem to be some internet chatter that the manual focusing mechanism is not 100% accurate.
There is a flip down bar that positions the laser 20mm from the work surface however the optimum focal range is 1mm or less. That means even a tiny positioning error can greatly reduce the effectiveness of the engraving operation.
There are a few strategies for manual focusing the module however the best of the bunch in my opinion is to use a USB microscope to visually dial the beam down to the finest possible size.
I was provided an xTool D1 Pro + RA2 Rotary kit to review for xTool. I purchased the xTool Infrared Laser with my own funds.
So I have been using lasers for a few years now however the ability to engrave metals has eluded me. One of these days I’ll probably pick up a proper fiber laser but I haven’t done it yet. Since I have an xTool D1 Pro 20 watt I decided to grab the xTool 1064nm Infrared Laser.
And as usual this blog will take you through the things that I have discovered while using it and not the typical unboxing video or walking you through the specifications.. The first thing that I discovered was that the box contained the xTool laser module and a power brick, however the power brick didn’t contain the cable that goes from the outlet to the brick.
Full Disclosure – xTool provided me an xTool D1 Pro at no cost to review. They in no way whatsoever influenced this xTool D1 PRO review.
NOTE: Almost all my testing is done with Lightburn using the configuration file xTool provides here.
It doesn’t take me long to tell whether something is great, good, or problematic. In the case of the xTool D1 Pro review my conclusion is landing somewhere in GreatLand™.
I’d be remiss in not mentioning that I have considerable desktop and CO2 laser usage and I know just what to do to reveal problems right away.
While waiting for my D1 Pro to show up I began asking people questions and joining forums and groups. The first thing that hopped off the page for me were people asking “How do you keep things straight?”
FULL DISCLOSURE – I was contacted by xTool and provided this xTool D1 Pro Kit to review. This is just an initial impression following my build out, with a further, more in-depth review to follow soon.
My laser is the 20 watt version with the RA2 Rotary. It has an impressive working area size of 430 x 390 mm (16.93 x 15.35 inches). The published Z height is 50 mm (2 inches). I suppose they had to put some number there but the reality is you can laser an item of just about any height if you raise the laser with the included riser legs or 3D print legs or stack soup cans under the legs. The Z height can be just about anything.
As usual I won’t spend time with videos showing the unboxing or reposting things you can find on their product information page. If you are looking at this blog and have an interest in getting an xTool D1 Pro you’ve already looked at their page and me re-hashing a picture of the box and listing the specifications (other than the ones I listed just above) is simply redundant and a waste of your time. Here on my blog I get something, use it, sometimes in ways it wasn’t meant to be used, and then tell you what I think.
I’ve been doing desktop diode lasers since they became mainstream in about 2019. Prior to that they were mostly DIY. Ortur was pretty much first to the game with the Laser Master 1 and subsequently the Laser Master 2. I owned 2 of those. I’ve since picked up a Laser Master 3, an Aufero 2 and now it is time to do an Ortur Laser Master 3 LE Review.
I wasn’t really a fan of the Ortur Laser Master 3 and I wrote at length about that here. My LM3 works fine but I generally think the design has some issues. It sits so low as to be almost unusable for anything over 400mm in width unless you raise the machine. Also there are support issues regarding the lens protective glass that just aren’t right.
Unboxing And Assembly Video
HA! I don’t do that here. Ortur lists what’s in the box on the product webpage and they have a great assembly video. Why people think showing what’s in the box is useful in a video when those components are listed in a chart, I’ll never know.
I’m a little late to the show on this one and the Ortur Laser Master 3 has been reviewed to death on the internet. It was released around mid-July 2022 so it took me around 5 months before I got my hands on one.
I previously owned two Ortur Laser Master 2’s and I considered the LM2 to be the first real viable, non-DIY desktop laser out there. I sold one of them about a month ago, and the other just a few days ago and took the proceeds from those sales and picked me up a Black Friday priced special.
Now I currently own an OMTech 50 watt CO2 laser and an xTool D1 Pro so the Ortur Laser Master 3 has some stiff competition. This blog will be strictly my first impressions and not an overall review of the machine.
First of all, while it was in the mail I watched all the assembly videos and read all the blogs and tried to get up to speed as much as possible. The Ortur Laser Master 3 has perhaps the easiest build of any desktop laser I’ve ever owned. However, there was one catch and that catch left me FUMING.
Side hustle is a thing! One of the best side hustles going is laser engraving. In the world of desktop laser machines there are several purchase options out there but most users ultimately pare their selection down to Ortur vs xTool.
I own both an Ortur Laser Master 3 and an xTool D1 Pro. In the interest of full disclosure, xTool provided me a D1 Pro 20 watt kit to review, however in this article I’ll be mostly comparing the Ortur offering vs an xTool D1 Pro 10 watt, which I purchased with my own funds. Also in the interest of full disclosure I previously owned two Ortur Laser Master 2 machines.
I have two xTool D1 Pro lasers and I thought it would be easy to hook the xtool’s to Lightburn on one computer. It wasn’t. While the solution is easy, the steps must be done in a specific order to make this work.