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xTool F1 Portable Laser Engraver Review

xTool sent me an F1 to set up and review. All opinions are my own.

xtool f1 review

Are you thinking of expanding your crafts, gifts, or DIY business? The xTool F1 portable laser engraver is a great one to consider!

Things to buy with F1 laser

Let me share a few of my thoughts about the machine, and some tips ab.out setting it up.

That way you can decide if it’s the right laser for you. And if you already have one, you’ll be ready to get it out of the box!

When you unpack your F1, be sure to check inside some of the foam packaging to find some of the accessories.

xtool f1 assembly

Remove all the tape that helps keep the machine safe while shipping.

On the back of the machine, you will find the slot for the ID key – you need to have this installed for the laser to work. But if you need to disable the laser, simply take the key out until later.

The power cord and exhaust tube are also located in the back.

set up xtool f1

If the xTool F1 doesn’t turn on, even when plugged in, check, that the key is installed. Then check the red emergency STOP button.

xtool f1 won't turn on

It will likely be pressed in when you first receive the machine. So simply twist in the direction of the arrows and pull out a bit.

If the laser needs to be stopped suddenly, press the stop button.

Features of the xTool F1

  • 10 W blue diode laser
  • 2W infared laser
  • Up to 4000mm/s speed
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Cover stays at any height
  • Compatible with RA2 rotary – F1 specific cord needed for connection
  • Slide extension available for batch, or wider work
  • Works with xTool Creative Space or Lightburn programs

What can the xTool F1 cut?

The diode laser of the F1 can cut 3mm basswood, leather, 3mm black acrylic, paper, cardstock, cardboard.

What can the xTool F1 engrave?

With the diode laser, the F1 can engrave glass, metal business cards, leather, wood, rock, slate, paper/cardstock/cardboard.

f1 engrave glass

The infrared laser of the F1 can engrave black acrylic, most metals like stainless steel, silver, copper, gold, paper, and black acrylic.

The RA2 is really easy to use with the F1. You don’t have to take anything apart like you would have to do with the M1 machine.

My husband and I have both had a lot of fun experimenting with all sorts of stuff around the house.

See a video here!

You can customize all kinds of your creations, or store-bought items that are just begging for a name, special date, or something else personal.

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