The Roland MDX-40a is a desktop Subtractive Rapid Prototyping (SRP) system that offers product designers a major value.
At less than half the cost of most additive systems, the MDX-40A produces prototypes out of a wide variety of non-proprietary materials with greater precision and better surface finish. The MDX-40's compact design makes it a perfect fit for offices and classrooms.
- SRP technology:
- Creates the most accurate prototypes for complex snap-fits
- Proves part manufacturability better than additive methods
- Handles a wide variety of materials and generates a smooth surface finish
- Bundled 4-axis SRP Player CAM software makes it easy to go from CAD model to physical prototype
- Large 12" x 12" x 4.1" maximum work volume without rotary axis
- New! Optional rotary axis supports materials up to 10.6" long by 4.7" in diameter. Twice the work area of the previous model
- New! Virtual control panel offers additional functions
- Moves tool in vertical, horizontal and transverse directions, and to a user-specified position
- Adjusts the speed of cursor movements for easier origin setting
- Real-time cutting and spindle speed override capability
- New! Bundled Roland ClickMill™ software
- Surfaces materials, adds holes and rounds edges - all without 3D CAD files
- High speed 15,000 rpm spindle for creating detailed features with precision tools
- New! G-Code compatibility
- Emergency stop switch and machine cover for clean, quiet and safe work environment
- ZCL-40A rotary axis unit automatically positions parts for unattended 360 degree modelling
- Optional contact scanning unit digitises physical parts for use in reverse engineering, product design, woodworking, archiving and more
1. SRP Technology
Subtractive Rapid Prototyping (SRP) has several advantages over traditional additive rapid prototyping. SRP devices cost significantly less while producing prototypes out of a wider variety of non-proprietary materials with greater precision and better surface finish.
2. Functional Prototypes
Like all Roland SRP devices, the MDX-40A can mill a wide range of low cost, non-proprietary materials including ABS, delrin, nylon, and tooling board. This lets engineers create functional prototypes to test how well products will actually work. Handled by market focus groups, these prototypes must perform like the final manufactured product and survive a barrage of physical tests, including thermal and structural trials. For example, toothbrush prototypes undergo in-vivo testing for hand fit, brush reach and handle deflection.
3. 4th Rotary Axis
With its 4th rotary axis, the MDX-40A performs both unattended two- and four-sided milling. When one side is completed, the part is automatically rotated until all four sides have been milled. This saves engineers the time and reduces errors associated with rotating objects by hand.
4. High Precision
The MDX-40A's hi-precision spindle decreases vibration within the unit and produces extremely accurate models. It achieves resolutions up to 0.01 mm/step (0.00039 in./step) per step and creates the most accurate prototypes for complex snap-fits. With ISO15448 standard collets, the MDX-40A also generates a smooth surface finish that requires little to no post finishing work. (Close up picture of milled model.)
5. Speedy Production
Roland SRP devices typically create parts faster than a 3D printer. According to Todd Grimm's independent study of RP systems, the SRP process saves time by producing parts that are smooth and precise right off the machine. Additive systems, on the other hand, typically require time-consuming post finishing processes.
6. SRP Player CAM Software
The MDX-40A is packaged with Roland SRP Player CAM software, ideal for rapid prototyping and custom rapid manufacturing applications. SRP Player was created specifically for designers and engineers to make SRP prototype parts quickly and easily in five easy steps using an easy to follow, intuitive workflow. SRP Player accepts a wide range of file formats including industry standard .stl. As a result, it produces superior parts with smooth surfaces and accurate, tight-fit precision.
7. ClickMill Software
Bundled ClickMill software enables direct control of the MDX-40A for surfacing, drilling holes, cutting pockets and other finishing processes, all without accessing CAD or CAM software.
8. G-Code Support
Support for G-Code programming gives the MDX-40A compatibility with popular software programs including Mastercam, EdgeCAM, SurfCAM, GibbsCAM and more.
9. Perfect Aussie Fit
The MDX-40A is a compact desktop mill that fits nicely in any office. It comes with an emergency stop switch that shuts down the machine at the push of a button. An optional safety cover makes the cutting mechanism inaccessible during operation and keeps dust out of the surrounding environment.
10. Reliable Performer
Roland's international ISO certification is your quality assurance. Like all Roland products, the MDX-40A was designed and manufactured at a state-of-the-art, ISO-certified facility. Roland builds all products at its advanced Digital Factory one at a time by a single assembler - just like a Rolls Royce. Attention to detail is given the highest priority.