The XTool D1 Pro is a powerful laser engraving & cutting equipment that lets you realize your creative Visions. You must use the XTool Software (XCS) to fully exploit the features of this device. This complete program unlocks the full power of your XTool gear and delivers an efficient laser engraving & cutting process.
In this article, we’ll walk through everything you need to know as a beginner to download, install and start using XCS software with your XTool D1 Pro on both Windows and Mac operating systems.
Downloading XTool Software
XTool D1 Pro Software ‘XCS’ is available for free download from the XTool website. Here are the steps to download the XTool Software:
- Go to the XTool software download page.
- Click on the “Windows” button under the XCS section.
- The software installer will begin downloading. Save the file when prompted.
- Go to the XTool software download page.
- Click on the “Mac” button under the XCS section.
- The DMG file will begin downloading. Save the file when prompted.
Installing XCS on Windows
Once you’ve downloaded the XCS installer for Windows, follow these steps:
- Locate the installer file and double-click on it to launch.
- You may get a security warning from Windows Defender. Click “More Info” and then “Run Anyway” to continue.
- Click through the installation wizard, accepting the license agreement and install location.
- Once complete, XCS will launch automatically.
The XTool Software is now installed and ready to use!
Installing XCS on Mac
To install XCS on a Mac, follow these steps after downloading the DMG file:
- Double click the DMG file to mount it.
- Drag the XCS icon into the Applications folder shortcut.
- Open your Applications folder and double click the XCS icon to launch it.
- If you get a security message, click Open to confirm launching the app.
You may also need to grant security permissions to allow the XTool Software to run. Now XCS is installed and ready to use on your Mac!
Connecting Your XTool D1 Pro
To start using XCS with your laser engraver, you’ll need to connect the device to your computer. Here’s how:
- Use the included USB cable to connect your XTool D1 Pro to your computer.
- Power on the laser engraver.
- In XCS, click the “Connect Machine” button.
- XCS will automatically detect connected devices. Select your engraver from the list.
Once connected, you’ll see a live camera view of the laser bed and can start using the XTool Software controls.
Creating Your First Project
Let’s walk through starting your first laser engraving or cutting project in XCS:
- Click the “New Project” button in the top toolbar.
- Select the project type – engraving or cutting.
- Enter a project name and click Create. A blank canvas will open.
Now you can start designing your project! Here are some things you can do:
- Import images or SVG files to engrave or cut.
- Add text elements with custom fonts and engraving settings.
- Draw geometric shapes and designs.
- Apply edits like resizing, rotating, or duplicating elements.
- Add photos to create photogravure engravings.
Previewing and Starting Your Project
Before starting laser processing, it’s important to preview your project. Here’s how:
- Click the “View Path” button to see the generated toolpath.
- Check for any errors and make sure the path is correct.
- Click “View 3D” for a realistic 3D preview.
- When ready, click “Start” to begin laser engraving or cutting.
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Be sure to wear safety glasses and observe all precautions when operating your laser. It’s a good idea to monitor the process closely the first few times.
Helpful Tips for Beginners
Here are some helpful tips as you get started with XCS and your XTool D1 Pro:
- Watch XTool’s video tutorials on YouTube to see XTool Software workflows.
- Start with simpler designs and lower power settings.
- Ensure your material is placed correctly on the laser bed.
- Preview toolpaths thoroughly before starting jobs.
- Adjust laser speed and power based on the material.
- Make small changes to designs if needed rather than starting over.
- Re-focus the laser periodically as needed.
- Contact XTool support if you have any issues.
How do I update XCS XTool Software?
New versions of XCS are released periodically. You can download and install updates from the XTool website. Just download the latest version and install over your existing version.
What image formats can I import into XCS?
XCS supports importing JPG, PNG, BMP, GIF, and SVG vector image files.
How do I convert an image to vectors?
Use the Image Trace tool in XCS. This will automatically trace an image and convert it to editable vector lines.
Can I use XCS on multiple computers?
Yes, you can install XCS on as many computers as you want. Just use the same XTool account login. Your projects and files will sync across devices.
Does XCS work with other laser engravers?
No, ‘XCS’ XTool Software is designed specifically for use with XTool laser engraving and cutting machines. It will not be compatible with other brands.
How can I improve engraving quality and accuracy?
•Ensure your material is perfectly flat on the laser bed.
•Adjust laser focus periodically.
•Use lower speeds and higher power for deeper engraving.
•Enable image tracing and conversions to vectors when possible.
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