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How to Engrave a Customized Stainless Steel Tumbler with xTool F1 and RA2 Pro? |xTool Maker’s How-to

As part of the Maker’s How-to series, this article will guide you through the steps of engraving a customized stainless steel tumbler using state-of-the-art tools such as the xTool F1 and the RA2 Pro. Expert Ian Dorosh shares his step by step methodology starting from setting up the RA2 chuck mode for engraving, all the way to making your tumbler shine with a flawless finish.

The article offers a hands-on tutorial, demonstrating not just how to set up your equipment, but also how to import the image and adjust the settings so that you achieve perfect results with laser engraving. By following Dorosh’s insightful tips, you can easily swap out tumblers, and ensure they’re secured well for the engraving process – all ensuring that your favorite tumbler is not only personalized, but is also held to a premium standard.

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Understanding the xTool F1 and RA2 Pro

In the world of customized engraving, the xTool F1 and RA2 Pro stand as reliable and powerful tools. Their versatility, speed, and precision have recently attracted the attention of beginners and professionals alike. Before you delve into engraving though, it is crucial that you understand the components, features, as well as the speed and power of these engraving tools.

Identifying the components of the xTool F1 and RA2 Pro

Both the xTool F1 and RA2 Pro consist of multiple parts which work together seamlessly for perfect engraving. Some of these components are the rotary tool, cables, and accessories. Identifying these parts and understanding their functions will unlock the full potential of your xTool F1 and RA2 Pro.

Features of the xTool F1 and RA2 Pro

The xTool F1 and RA2 Pro are loaded with superior features that set them apart. They both have sharp lasers that can accurately engrave objects, high-speed motors for quick operation, and robust designs which promise longevity. Moreover, these tools also come equipped with special features like laser protection, effective heat dissipation, and a versatile engraving range, among others.

Understanding the power and speed of the xTool F1

The technical power and speed of the xTool F1 should never be underestimated. This tool boasts a power range of 3.5-30W and speeds of up to 10000RPM. With such a wide power range and high speed, the xTool F1 can undertake heavy-duty tasks, making it possible to engrave varied materials with precision.

Setting Up the xTool F1 and RA2 Pro

Having understood the basics of your engraving tools, the next important step is setting them up for use. This process involves attaching the rotary tool, connecting cables and accessories, and aligning and stabilizing the rotary tool.

Attaching the rotary tool

Attaching the rotary tool to the xTool F1 or RA2 Pro is straightforward. This tool should be securely fixed in place to avoid unnecessary movement during the engraving process. It goes onto the designed slot, and you need to make sure its gears align perfectly with the gears on the xTool before tightening.

Connecting cables and accessories

Once the rotary tool is fixed, next comes connecting any required cables and accessories. These accessories include foot pedals, extra rotary devices, or power cables. This process is well outlined in the user manual and should be followed to ensure the proper functioning of the device.

Aligning and stabilizing the rotary tool

After all components are up and running, aligning and stabilizing the rotary tool is the next key step. Ensure the tool is tightened into position to eliminate any risk of it moving during operation. Using the alignment guide provided in your user manual, adjust your rotary tool to the required height and then ensure that it’s stabilized.

Preparing the Stainless Steel Tumbler

Before you start engraving, preparing the stainless steel tumbler is essential. This includes choosing the right tumbler size and safely securing it in the chuck.

Selecting the right size of tumbler for engraving

When choosing your tumbler, consider its size. The size directly impacts the design and the engraving performance. Choose a size that can comfortably fit in the chuck and still leaves sufficient room for the rotary tool to move freely.

Securing the tumbler in the chuck

Once the proper size of the tumbler is obtained, secure it into the chuck. The tumbler should be held tightly to ensure it does not move during the engraving. Use the screw on the chuck to secure the tumbler into place.

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Configuring the xTool Software

The next step in the engraving process is setting up the xTool software. This software aids in the design and execution of your engraving task.

Transitioning to the laser cylindrical mode

In order to engrave cylindrical objects such as a tumbler, you will need to change the mode of the xTool software to laser cylindrical. This mode facilitates the engraving of cylindrical objects and ensures that all engraving is even and proportional.

Entering the perimeter or diameter of the tumbler

Another important step is entering the measurement of the tumbler into the software. This is usually the tumbler’s perimeter or diameter depending on the instructions from the software. Correct measurements lead to accurate and proportionally sized engravings.

Setting up xTool Creative Space on the computer

xTool Creative Space is integral in the creation of your design. This software is where you will create and adjust your design before sending it for engraving. Make sure you install it properly on your computer and familiarize yourself with the different tools and features it has for designing.

Importing and Adjusting the Design

With the software all set up, the next stage involves importing and adjusting the design that you wish to engrave onto your tumbler.

Choosing the right image for engraving

Choosing the right image to engrave is a big part of the customization process. Choose an image that not only suits your taste but one that will look good when engraved. Additionally, ensure the image is clear and of high resolution to get the best result.

Resizing and rotating the design accordingly

Once the image is uploaded into the software, you might find it necessary to resize or rotate it to fit perfectly on your tumbler. The xTool Creative Space allows you to make these adjustments with ease.

Selecting engrave as the processing type

Once satisfied with the image size and rotation, select “engrave” as the processing type. This will prepare the image for engraving on the tumbler.

Setting Up the Engraving Parameters

Setting up the engraving parameters is crucial for achieving the desired output. This includes configuring the power, speed, and number of lines per centimeter.

Configuring light power, speed, and lines per centimeter

Configuring these options should be done according to the engraving demands of your design as well as the capabilities of your xTool. Light power, speed, and line density should be set in a manner that produces the best engraving result without overworking your engraving tool.

Opting for two passes for high-quality engraving

For a high-quality finish, consider opting for two passes. This means that the software will guide the xTool to engrave the design twice, making sure no detail is missed and enhancing the depth and precision of the engraving.

Framing the Design on the Tumbler

Framing your design correctly on the tumbler is important in ensuring that the design is centralized and positioned to your preference.

Activating the framing option

To frame the design, the software provides a framing option which should be activated. This guides you on how and where the design will fit on your tumbler.

Adjusting the design placement manually

With the frame in place, you can manually adjust the design on the tumbler to fit within the frame. This allows you to align the design according to your preference before engraving begins.

Executing the Engraving Process

With everything set, it’s time to execute the engraving process.

Starting the engraving process

To start engraving, press the start button and monitor the machine closely.

Avoiding movement once the engraving process starts

Movement during engraving is not advisable as it could throw off the alignment of the design. Once the engraving starts, do not move the tumbler or the xTool until engraving is complete.

Doing a Second Pass for High-Quality Finish

A second pass after the first engraving process can help you achieve a high-quality final product.

Selecting the IR laser for the second pass

For the second pass, choose the IR laser mode. This will provide a deeper and more visible engraving on your tumbler.

Adjusting engraving parameters for the second phase

Before starting the second pass, adjust the engraving parameters if necessary. This could involve reducing the power, changing the speed or increasing the line density.


In conclusion, engraving a stainless steel tumbler using the xTool F1 and RA2 Pro, though a technical process, could be a fulfilling and enjoyable endeavor. The precision and the satisfaction you gain from creating a customized engraved tumbler make the whole experience worthwhile.

This guide hopes to have provided you with an in-depth insight into each stage of the process; from understanding the engraving tool, preparing the tumbler, selecting the image and configuring the software, to the actual engraving process.

It is, however, important to remember that the aforementioned steps are just the basis. For a more personalized experience, feel free to explore and experiment with the different features of the xTool F1 and RA2 Pro. Happy engraving!

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