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iModela Desktop Milling Machine

Turn Concepts into Reality

The ever increasing demand for high quality product design places real pressure on designers to visualise their concepts quickly, accurately and above all cost-effectively.

The Roland range of digital workbench tools and 3D scanning technology enable a wide range of materials to be modelled and a concept to be proven in a material before committing to a full production version. By inexpensively turning concepts into three-dimensional prototypes our range enables multiple concept iterations to be modelled quickly and in a variety of materials.

By keeping the process in-house you are able to produce tangible prototypes to test ergonomics, fit, form, function and pattern-making, with the obvious benefits of eliminating costly outsourcing and maintaining the security of proprietary concepts - all of which makes perfect business sense.

PrototypesRapid Prototyping Made Easy

Many product designers and engineers who are researching additive RP systems as a way to test form, fit and function of their prototypes may be unaware that there is a better, cheaper, faster solution. Roland subtractive RP systems (SRP™) produce form models faster than any 3D printer on the market and easier than any other CNC mill on the market. That’s because Roland offers a complete software/hardware solution that combines the ease of use of 3D printers with the benefits of CNC-machined parts.

MDX-40A and MDX-540 series milling machines cost significantly less than 3D printers while producing precision prototypes out of a wider variety of non-proprietary materials. A larger selection of materials makes it easier to create prototypes, including UV resistance, bending strength, surface hardness and electrical conductivity. This is particularly important for biomedical and food processing products, where biocompatibility and chemically inert properties are critical. Roland SRP solutions come with SRP Player, powerful, easy to use CAM software that delivers the speed, tight tolerances and exceptionally smooth surface finishes required for prototyping and customised rapid manufacturing applications.

PrototypesFunctional Prototypes

Mill functional prototypes using a wide range of materials that additive systems do not support. Users can choose from popular engineered plastics such as ABS, Acetal and Nylon, as well as acrylic and polycarbonate for transparent parts and a variety of woods and metals including aluminium, brass and copper. Compared to additive RP systems, Roland desktop devices produce functional prototypes that are better for structural, thermal and electrical testing.

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  • iModela Desktop Milling Machine

    Model aircraft, monsters, space craft, toy soldiers, whatever floats your model boat, iModela is guaranteed to inject inspiration and creativity into your life. The iModela is Roland's NEW, affordable, easy to use desktop device that precisely mills 3D shapes, patterns and designs out of wax, foam, wood and plastic commonly used in the craft, jewellery and hobby markets.


    With a working area of 86mm x 55mm x 26mm and easy to use USB connectivity, the Roland iModela incorporates 25 years of Roland's proven professional milling technology into an easy to use device. The iCreate software allows you to create and mill shapes, holes and patterns with precision straight out of the box.

    iModela has it's own dedicated website, YouTube site, Twitter account, Facebook page and user forum to allow you to share your ideas and gain inspiration from others.

    Feature Summary

    • Precisely mills 3D shapes, patterns and designs out of foam, wax, wood and plastic
    • iModela Creator, Roland’s 2D design software, is included, allowing users to accurately mill shapes, holes and patterns right out of the box
    • Affordable, easy-to-use platform for exploring creativity
    • Easy to setup and operate, with just a power switch, LED display and control panel for adjusting computer settings
    • Compact, desktop device that comes in a dedicated carrying case and travels easily
    • iModela artists can share projects and learn from others around the world by joining the online community via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube.

    iModela Creator Design Software

    With the iModela Creator design software included, the iModela is a complete system for producing a wide range of items, from charms, pendants and key chains to small figurines and accessories.


    iModela Creator allows users to create and mill shapes, holes and patterns with precision straight from the box. Free-hand drawing tools are available so users can sketch out more complex ideas. With iModela Creator, users can either download a file or create original 2D designs. Intuitive menus and icons make design and production easy, even for novice users, and with the freely downloadable Modela player 4, 3D models can be created in a few simple steps. Once the milling material is loaded, the iModela produces the design in precise detail.


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    Model iM-01
    Material that can be cut Soft material such as resins (conductors such as the metals and the carbons are off the subject).
    X, Y, and Z operation strokes X, Y, and Z: 86 × 55 × 26 mm (3.39 × 2.17 × 1.02 inches)
    Distance from collet tip to table Maximum 55 mm (2.17 inches)
    Table size Width × depth: 86 × 55 mm (3.39 × 2.17 inches)
    Mountable cutting material weight 200 g (0.4 lb)
    X-, Y-, and Z-axis drive system Stepping motor
    Operating speed X and Y axes: 6 to 240 mm/min (0.24 to 9.45 inches/min)
    Z axis: 6 to 180 mm/min (0.24 to 7.09 inches/min)
    Software resolution 0.01 mm/step (0.00039 inches/step; RML-1), 0.001 mm/step (0.000039 inches/ step; NC code)
    Mechanical resolution 0.000186 mm/step (0.00000732 inches/step; micro steps)
    Spindle motor iM-01 spindle motor
    Interface USB (compliant with Universal Serial Bus Specification Revision 2.0 Full Speed)
    Control command set RML-1, NC code
    Power supply conditions Dedicated AC adapter AC 100 to 240 V ±10%, 50/60 Hz
    Machine DC 24 V, 0.7A
    Power consumption Approximately 14 W
    Operating noise During operation: 57 dB (A) or less (when not cutting), during standby: 39 dB (A) or less
    External dimensions Width × depth × height: 214 × 200 × 205 mm (8.43 × 7.87 × 8.07 inches)
    Weight 1.7 kg (3.7 lb)
    Installation environment Operating environment: Temperature of 5 to 35°C (41 to 95 °F), 35 to 80% relative humidity (no condensation) Ambient pollution degree: 2 (as specified by IEC 60664-1)
    Included items Power cord, AC adapter, USB cable, cutting tool (axis diameter: 2.35 mm, Tip of the blade diameter: 1.6 mm), mounting screws (for fixing the cutting tool in place), hexagonal wrench (for fixing the cutting tool in place), spare hooks, replacement spindle motor, blower fan, maintenance grease, cleaning brush, double-sided tape, trial cutting materials, trial scrap plate, flathead screwdriver, Roland Software Package, setting boad, and user's manuals
    System Requirements for USB Connection
    PC A model preinstalled with the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows XP, Vista, or 7, or a PC preinstalled with Windows XP or later that has been upgraded to a later version of Windows.
    USB cable Use the included USB cable.
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    Being part of the community means you can exchange information with "iModela" users from around the world, post your own works, and more. You can even obtain cutting and processing know-how and tricks, and download data created by other users and reproduce it with your own "iModela". Plus, you can receive advice from around the world whenever you face difficulties. Visit the iCreate website to experience the wide world of "iModela".

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