The Best xTool D1 Pro Upgrades & Accessories
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The xTool D1 Pro, in my opinion, is the best diode laser engraver you can buy right now. With the right xTool accessories, it’s the perfect tool for home projects, or starting a business side-hustle.
However, just having the xTool D1 Pro (or M1, F1, or xTool P2) is just the start — if you want to laser cut on rounded materials, increase your working area, or enclose your laser, then you’ll need extra accessories for each of these uses.
I personally own the xTool D1 Pro 20W, and I’ve also tried a lot of the available accessories (some of which also work on my xTool P2!). I’ll go through which are most useful for you and try to help you pick the best options for you.
More Powerful Laser Heads
The cheapest D1 Pro kit comes with a 10W laser head, but xTool also offers more powerful 20W and 40W modules. Let’s take a look at each to help you decide which is best for you.
- Price: $770-$825 — Available at Amazon here (D1 Pro)
- Compatible with: D1 & D1 Pro
If you have a basic D1 version, the 20W module must be bought separately (the base kit comes with either a 5W or 10W laser). The D1 Pro offers the choice to pick between the 10W and 20W modules when ordering (and there’s now a 40W accessory!).
The 20W laser is a significant upgrade on the 5W and 10W options. As explained in our xTool D1 Pro 5W vs 10W vs 20W laser guide, the 20W can cut 8mm acrylic in a single pass, compared to just 1mm with the 5W. It can also cut plywood up to 10mm in one pass, whereas the 5W can only manage 3mm, and the 10W around 6mm.
Not only can it cut these materials deeper, but you can also engrave a greater variety of materials with the 20W, including soft, coated metals like aluminum.
The 20W laser head also completes jobs faster than the 10W and 5W modules, and in fewer passes.
However, the 20W laser has a spot size of 0.08 x 0.10 mm, compared to 0.08 x 0.06mm in the two smaller modules. Although the difference is minimal, you may see slightly less precision with intricate engravings if using the 20W. The differences are barely noticeable however.
So, while the 20W is far more effective for cutting and working on larger or thicker workpieces, the 5W and 10W can be suitable for finer, more detailed engraving projects like portraits or intricate drawings.
- Price: $1,290 — Available at xTool here
- Compatible with: D1 Pro
If you really want to ramp things up a notch, you can get even more power with the xTool D1 Pro 40W laser module.
With this laser head, you can cut considerably thicker and quicker in a single pass than with the 20W module – here’s a look at how they stack up:
As you can see, the 40W is far more effective at cutting both softwoods and hardwoods. It’s also better suited for engraving thin metal sheets, whereas the 20W is more limited with metal etching.
In terms of efficiency, the xTool website states that you can reduce engraving time by up to 52% by using the 40W.
However, this module has a larger laser spot size of 0.1 x 0.15 mm. So, if you’re looking for the most precise engraving results, you may want to consider one of the smaller options.
Unlike the 20W module, there is no 40W laser version of the D1 Pro you can buy, and you have to order this as a separate add-on.
RA2 Rotary Pro
- Price: $279 – Available at xTool here
- Compatible xTool Lasers: D1 and D1 Pro, and xTool P2
- At a glance: Engrave rounded objects with your existing xTool laser cutter
Lets you engrave rounded objects which sell very well online.
Can create custom designs on mugs, create unique ornaments, and personalize metal rings.
More expensive than Ortur’s rotary attachment.
Laser cutters work really well on flat pieces, but what are you supposed to do if you want to engrave a round object? You can buy and install an RA2 Rotary Pro.
The RA2 Rotary Pro can be set up as a sphere, chuck, ring, or roller rotary. It allows more flexibility with your xTool, so you can engrave on glasses, beakers, mugs, tumblers, and much more.
These are some of the best-selling artisanal products online, trust me. And there’s less competition in places like Etsy, as not everybody has a laser with a rotary attachment to make these.
It fits easily within any D1 or D1 Pro xTool, with no additional tooling required. You can use xTool’s XCS software or LightBurn, which are free laser engraving software that interfaces with the RA2 and lets you engrave rounded objects. Though, for these 4-axis projects, I recommend XCS, as the software has actually improved a lot recently.
With this 4-in-1 tool, you can work on cylindrical and spherical products. You can create custom etching on mugs, create unique ornaments, and personalize metal rings.
If you make customized items, this is a nice addition to your tool. And just in case you’re planning on buying a more expensive laser, it’s also compatible with xTool’s CO2 laser, the xTool P2. I have both, and it works here too.
I personally prefer it to the YRR Roller 2.0 I have for my Ortur Laser Master 3. Though, the xTool kit is more expensive (around $270 vs $99 for the Ortur), but I prefer the xTool rotary’s higher quality and better stability for engraving.
4-in-1 Laser rotary for xTool D1, D1 Pro and most laser engravers. Rotaries: Jaw Chuck Rotary and Y-axis Rotary Roller engraving module for engraving cylindrical objects such as wine glass, tumblers, & ring.
Infrared Laser Module
- Price: $559 – Available at xTool here
- Compatible xTool Lasers: D1 and D1 Pro
- At a glance: A higher-resolution laser for engraving finer details and on metal
Lets you engrave metal, leather, plastic, and wood with fine details.
Perfect for engraving metal jewelry.
This won’t give you the same resolution and ability to engrave fine detail as an infrared laser.
What can an infrared laser module do for you? It lets you engrave metal, leather and more with fine details. This allows you to engrave intricate designs for aesthetic purposes — a great option for gifts. It’s all thanks to the narrower beam and higher energy that goes into an infrared laser.
Most of all, this is perfect for laser engraving metal jewelry and can mark or etch on anodized aluminum, steel, and related metals.
An infrared laser module uses higher-energy wavelengths for more powerful cutting. A stock xTool laser cutter will use visible light, but this aftermarket module replaces the stock option. This infrared laser features a smaller laser, for a higher intensity and usability on a wider range of materials.
An alternative to upgrading your cutting power is to move to a more powerful head. If you have a 10W xTool, you can buy a 20W or even 40W laser head for more power. This won’t give you the same resolution and ability to engrave fine detail like an infrared laser does, though.
Honeycomb Working Panel Set
- Price: $139 – Available at xTool here / Save $30 on Amazon here
- Compatible xTool Lasers: D1 and D1 Pro
- At a glance: Protects your workstation and allows for cleaner cuts
Both issues of damage to work station and smoke being tough to manage will be mitigated with the honeycomb working panel set.
Superior airflow which reduces a lot of yellowing and smoke.
It isn’t necessary, but definitely helpful.
There are some slightly cheaper non-branded ones that work well. I personally bought mine off Amazon and saved $30.
There are two common issues with using a stock laser cutter: it can damage your workstation, and smoke can be tough to manage.
With a honeycomb working panel set, you mitigate both of these issues.
This set is made up of two parts. The top face is a honeycomb mesh piece of iron, and the bottom piece is an aluminum backing sheet that sits on top of your workstation. You then position your stock metal, wood, or plastic on top of the mesh sheet to be laser cut or engraved.
Since your part is raised on this sheet, there will be superior airflow which reduces a lot of yellowing and smoke that you might otherwise notice. It also saves your workstation, ensuring the laser doesn’t cut through to your table.
Your stock xTool machine won’t have any protective platform like this. Other honeycomb panels on the market aren’t as durable and can lead to premature rusting, though I personally bought my honeycomb table from Amazon and saved around $30. Though, for the highest-quality metals, I still recommend buying xTool’s version.
I use this version on both my xTool D1 Pro, and Ortur Laser Master 3. They’re versatile and will work with any diode laser as long as the working area isn’t too large. If you buy the xTool extension kit, you may need two of these to encompass the entire working area.
And, if you don’t want the extra height from the honeycomb, you can remove it and just use the aluminum sheet underneath to protect your workspace. Here’s an example from when I was using my xTool with just the aluminum backing:
This set is perfect for anyone who uses an xTool cutter at home. It will keep your surface clean and clear, and it will help deal with some of the excess smoke.
The xTool Honeycomb Working Panel is compatible with xTool D1, D1 Pro and most laser engravers. This product is for fast heat dissipation and for protecting the desktop. Dimensions:19.68 x19.68 x 0.87inch
Air Assist Set
- Price: $159 – Available at xTool here
- Compatible xTool Lasers: D1, D1 Pro, and M1
- At a glance: Improves airflow which results in cleaner cuts and better laser longevity
Minimizes the yellowing on your parts.
Speeds up the cutting time and extends the lifetime of your laser lens.
Better quality cuts.
No major drawbacks! It’s definitely worth using air assist!
To improve airflow during laser cutting, xTool sells an optional air assist set. The sole function of this part is to keep air flowing across your part.
Optimum airflow will minimize yellowing on your parts, reduce chars, allow for deeper cuts, speed up the cutting time, and extend the lifetime of your laser lens. Yes, seriously — all of these factors tie directly to how much air travels across your part while your laser cutter runs.
Without the right airflow, things will get too hot. As your tool keeps cutting, the added heat can’t be dissipated. It builds up and starts hurting the performance of your laser cutter.
You can achieve that added airflow through a DIY solution, or you can buy the air assist set from xTool. The DIY route involves buying an air assist kit on Amazon and connecting it to your air compressor. This xTool kit comes ready out of the box, and installation takes a few minutes.
I personally went for the DIY option when I tested my xTool D1 Pro, but if you aren’t experienced and technical, I recommend saving time and stress and just buying the kit.
xTool’s air assist set can benefit anyone who uses a D1, D1 Pro, or M1 xTool laser cutter. The xTool P2 comes with air assist built-in already though, so you don’t need it for the CO2 laser.
- Price: $180 – Available at xTool here
- Compatible xTool Lasers: D1 and D1 Pro
- At a glance: Keeps laser cutter smoke away from you
Has a polarized viewing window so you can check the status of your cuts without damaging your eyes.
Prevents fires and keeps your cutting area insulated and covered.
Has a built-in exhaust system.
No major drawbacks to having an enclosure, as you can still see the progress of your job through the window. So you don’t lose visibility.
Installing a laser cutter enclosure helps control temperature, avoids outside particles getting in the way of your cut, and keeps smoke away from you while the cutter runs.
This enclosure offered by xTool is designed to fit your D1 or D1 Pro laser cutter perfectly. It has a polarized viewing window so you can check the status of your cuts without damaging your eyes.
All of the sidewalls are built with a polyurethane (PU) cross-grain outer layer, honeycomb board interior, and internal flame-resistant polyester fabric. This prevents fires and keeps your cutting area insulated and covered.
The outside wall has Velcro loops for storing commonly used laser cutting tools like screwdrivers, Allen keys, scribers, and scissors.
Most importantly, the enclosure has a built-in exhaust system. There are mesh strips along the base that allow air to come in, and a fan with a flexible exhaust tube that will get rid of smoke and keep it away from your work area.
Without an exhaust system, you’ll be breathing in the dangerous fumes created while running your xTool laser cutter.
The xTool Enclosure is portable and fully foldable, so you can take it with you on the move. This enclosure has portability and dimensional accuracy that competitors can’t offer. It will fit your D1 and D1 Pro perfectly, and keep your area smoke-free so you can continue cutting without the added safety risks of smoke inhalation.
This kit can benefit anyone who uses an xTool laser cutter — especially if you use it in an enclosed space (like in your basement, shed, or small woodshop).
This product is flame retardant and smoke-proof. Compatible with xTool D1/D1 Pro and other laser cutters. It is a foldable laser engraving machine accessories that effectively isolates 99% of smoke and odor.
- Price: $180 – Available at xTool here
- Compatible xTool Lasers: D1 and D1 Pro
- At a glance: Cut and engrave far larger projects
Helps users work on bigger pieces.
You’ll still have the same durability and accuracy.
If you don’t need the extra working area, then it isn’t worth it.
The xTool D1 and D1 Pro extension kit increases your cuttable area from 406 x 432 mm up to 936 x 432mm — an increase of 230%!
A common complaint I hear about laser cutters is that they simply aren’t big enough. The 2-axis gantry affects what size parts you can work on. If you want to engrave or cut a big sign and you have a small laser cutter, you’re restricted in what you can do.
This is where the extension kit from xTool comes in handy.
The kit itself is a set of rails that install directly in your machine. It increases X-axis to 936mm, allowing you to work on longer pieces. It works seamlessly, so you just need this one extension kit to get going.
It’s a great choice for anyone who wants to engrave or cut longer pieces without buying a second machine.
Accessories for the xTool D1 and D1 Pro 5W/10W/20W Laser Engraver. It expands the laser engraving area to 36.85 x 17 inches for longer laser engraving and cutting. Made from superior quality aluminum alloy.
- Price: $699 – Available at xTool here
- Compatible xTool Lasers: D1, D1 Pro, M2, P2, Laserbox
- At a glance: Make your xTool’s exhaust clean and safe to breathe
You don’t need to struggle with managing the smoke that comes from your laser cutter.
It’s perfect for use in smaller spaces.
Smoke purifiers are always expensive.
The xTool Smoke Purifier is a stand-alone unit that’s very modular. You can run it with any laser cutter they offer, including both their CO2 lasers, the Laserbox and P2.
It features an inlet hose and a series of filters before sending air into the atmosphere. Internally, there is a series of three filters that progressively get smaller. By the end, small particles and harmful gasses are filtered out.
This smoke purifier connects directly to your xTool laser via the exhaust port. It results in clean, breathable air, so you don’t need to think about managing the smoke that comes from your laser cutter.
Without a purifier like this, you’ll be breathing toxic smoke as long as your laser cutter is running.
It’s perfect for use in smaller spaces, especially if you don’t have windows or any other way to filter fumes outside of your workspace.
Compatible with xTool M1, D1, D1 Pro, Laserbox Rotary, & Laserbox Pro. It has 3-Stage filtration with 99.97% purification rate. Size: 16.5 x 9.8 x 16.1 inch (42 x 25 x 41cm)
Cameras are a popular upgrade for xTool laser engravers as they improve safety and convenience by allowing you to monitor your work from a computer or phone rather than standing over it.
A camera can also be used to overlay designs on real images taken from the camera, which can help improve the accuracy and quality of your projects. More advanced xTool laser cutters, such as the xTool P2 (you can read my review of it here!), come with a camera, but the xTool F1 and D1 Pro do not – though you can add these kits on for camera features.
xTool doesn’t offer its own camera, but here are a couple of options you can use for the D1 Pro. You can also read our guide on cameras for the xTool D1 Pro to learn about more options.
Geeks at Large Camera Kit
- Price: $130
- Compatible with: xTool D1 & D1 Pro
Geeks at Large was one of the first sites to offer a custom D1 & D1 Pro camera kit over a year ago, and it remains one of the best options.
The full kit costs $130, or you can buy just the brackets and mount for $20 and $40 respectively if you want to use your own camera.
The kit is fully compatible with Lightburn (the software most commonly used with the xTool D1 and D1 Pro).
One of the best things about this xTool accessory kit is how easy it is to set up. You just need one screw to attach to the frame, two more screws to attach the center mount, then you just need to focus the camera, which takes about 10 minutes in total.
Then, you need to set up the camera in Lightburn – Geeks at Large provide tutorials for this and the physical installation on their support page. You can also check out their demo to see the camera in action.
DIY Camera Kit
- Compatible with: xTool D1 & D1 Pro
- Price: variable
Another option to consider if you’re looking for more flexibility is to go for a DIY camera kit for the D1 or D1 Pro.
For example, you can purchase a camera mount from Geeks at Large or Etsy, and then pair it with a 5MP Lightburn camera. The benefit of this is that the camera is already configured to work with Lightburn, and you can choose from 66, 90, 120, and 150-degree options.
The Lightburn cameras all cost around $80, so this option won’t save you much money, but you can make things cheaper by going down the DIY route. For example, if you just want to monitor your engraving, you can pick up cheap mini spy cameras for just as little as $20 on Amazon that live feed video directly to your phone or computer.
You could also make your own mount to save even more cash, with a cheap piece of plywood or acrylic. Alternatively, you can simply position the camera on a nearby piece of furniture and have it facing the laser bed.
Automatic Conveyor Feeder (for xTool P2)
- Price: $129
- Compatible with: xTool P2
xTools’ P2 recently hit the market to provide a smart desktop CO2 alternative to the D1 Pro. While it’s a really intuitive, fast, and powerful laser (with a 55W CO2 module), it does not have an automatically managed, unlimited-length pass-through slot, that lasers like the Glowforge Pro offer.
Luckily, xTool’s Automatic Conveyor Feeder provides a solution to this. This allows you to feed long materials into your P2, allowing you to cut and engrave materials up to 118” long.
It can be used with a wide variety of different materials, including wood, acrylic, felt, cork, and EVA, so you can work on a much wider range of different projects. These include surfboards and wakeboards, long signs and decorations, mats, and even doors, to name just a few!
I personally bought hte automatic conveyor feeder and riser base with my xTool P2, and it’s a great addition to have for large projects.
You’ll need the riser base for this, which also gives you 8.5” max height and allows you to do rotary engraving, but it’s well worth the investment.
This upgrade can feed in materials up to 160mm/s and supports materials up to 14mm thick. Bear in mind the processing length can vary slightly between materials; for example, it’s 96” for felt, fiberboard, and acrylic, but 118” for plywood. The maximum passthrough width is 25.2”.
I personally tested the Automatic Conveyor Feeder and found it to be a smart, easy-to-use piece of kit that does the job very effectively. As shown on the xTool YouTube channel, it’s easy to set up, with installation taking about 10 minutes. xTool’s XCS software already has conveyor feeding tools integrated, so there’s no need to make any adjustments in that regard.
It feeds materials through very smoothly with good stability, thanks to the pressing wheels with anti-slip materials, and you can adjust the position of materials by simply turning the lower knob. The automatic path planning also helps reduce accuracy deviation while freeing up your hands so you can focus on monitoring your work.
It has a buckle design that makes it really easy to install, and each pressure setting is marked by a different color, so it’s simple and quick to select the right one depending on your material. The conveyor feeder also has a grid pattern so that you can accurately position your workpieces.
One thing I found however is that softer, flexible materials can be more difficult to feed through precisely, due to them being more prone to distortion, particularly if you’re using thin sheets. However, you can reduce this by securing them with PET tape.
Bear in mind also to measure your workpiece and leave a bit of excess, as if the material feeds too far in and goes past the rollers, it will become loose inside the machine and could result in lower accuracy.
Overall, we’d say this is a worthy upgrade for anyone looking to cut and engraver longer projects with their P2. However, it’s important to note that the Automatic Conveyor Feeder can only be used with the xTool P2 Rise Base.
Riser Base (for P2)
- Price: $499
- Compatible with: xTool P2
You’ll need the P2 Riser Base if you want to use the Conveyor Feeder to feed long materials into your P2. However, it also offers several additional benefits by increasing the maximum workpiece height, passthrough height, and rotary diameter.
It’s also essential for rotary engraving with the RA2 rotary attachment, as you’ll struggle to engraving anything tall without the riser base!
Without the riser base, the P2 can engrave materials up to 2.5” high with a tray and 2.7” high without a tray. However, when using the riser base, these increase to 8.1” and 8.4” respectively, so you can work with objects over 3x taller.
|Without Riser||With Riser|
|Maximum Workpiece Height||2.7”||8.4”|
|Maximum Passthrough Height||0.7”||4.5”|
|Maximum Rotary Diameter||1.6”||7.1”|
This means you can work on projects like jewelry and gift boxes, tumblers and mugs, and even small suitcases and other engravable items!
When combined with the Conveyor Feeder, it also increases the passthrough height from 1.1” to 4.5” for materials up to 599mm wide, and from 0.7” to 4.5” for materials measuring 600-700m in width. This is handy if you’re working on thick long projects, like wakeboards or surfboards.
On top of that, the riser base greatly increases the rotary engraving diameter. This jumps from 0.1”-1.6” to 0.1”-7.1” when using the rotary roller, and it also allows you to use the chuck rotary roller on objects up to 3.9” in diameter (the chuck roller can’t be used without the riser base).
I tested this upgrade out alongside the Conveyor Feeder in my xTool P2 review and found it easy to assemble and use, and very effective. It allows you to work on a much wider variety of projects while maintaining high accuracy even on large materials.
The Riser Base also improves safety when used alone, as it allows you to engrave in a completely enclosed space and prevents light and harmful fumes escaping. Bear in mind this isn’t the case when used with the Conveyor Feeder, though.
It’s also a well-designed accessory, with a storage space on its side in which you can store any screws and slats you remove when attaching it to your P2.
The price of the Riser Base combined with the Conveyor Feeder can make your P2 setup a bit costly, but it still presents a more affordable option than going straight for an industrial-size CO2 laser cutter.
What to Do Next
Now that you know some of the best upgrades and accessories for your xTool laser cutter, you’re ready to tackle more projects. These accessories add versatility to your laser cutter, make the air cleaner to breathe, and allow you to work on bigger pieces of wood, plastic, metal, or leather.