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Modela MDX-540 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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  • Modela MDX-540 Milling Machine

    Anyway you look at it – the MDX-540 SRP® System is a winner. It’s one of the fastest and most accurate Rapid Prototyping (RP) systems on the market. And its price tag is less than half most additive systems. The desktop device comes complete with powerful CAM software, making it easy to quickly produce prototypes, light metal molds and custom jewellery.

    Hype vs Reality PDF

    SRP technology creates the most accurate prototypes for complex snap-fits and functional prototypes for testing and to prove part manufacturability. The MDX-540 handles a wide variety of materials and generates a perfect smooth surface finish.

    Feature Summary

    • 400W DC Brushless motor with increased torque for fast, accurate prototypes
    • Bundled, user-friendly CAM Software
    • Handheld controller and virtual control panel make set up fast and easy
    • Specialty MDX-540S and MDX-540SA models available for enhanced precision and repeat accuracy
    • Optional 4th rotary axis and automatic tool changer
    • Maximum 500 mm (X) x 400 mm (Y) x 155 mm (Z) [19.6 (X) x 15.7 (Y) x 6.1 (Z) in.] XYZ-Axis Travel
    • SRP® Technology

      SRP TechnologySRP® (Subtractive Rapid Prototyping) - starting with a solid object and removing unwanted material - 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.

      SRP SystemsSRP® Systems - Todd Grimm, the man who wrote the book on rapid prototyping for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, found that Roland SRP® devices produce prototypes faster, better and cheaper than most additive RP systems. Download the Choosing the Right RP System Brochure (PDF Format - 1.9 MB)

    • Functional Prototypes

      Functional PrototypesPowered by a 400W spindle, the MDX-540 mills a wide variety of nonproprietary materials and popular engineered plastics such as ABS, Delrin, and nylon. Compared to additive RP systems, the desktop device produces functional prototypes that are better for structural, thermal, and electrical testing. Plus, MDX-540 parts meet a host of FDA and other government regulations.

      The MDX-540 functional prototypes 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. The MDX-540 can also mill non-ferrous prototypes and molds made of aluminum, brass and copper. This lets design engineers create metal molds for rapid injection molding and EDM electrodes for production tooling.

    • Bundled Software

      SoftwareBundled SRP Player CAM software automates the prototyping process and generates tool paths with high speed and precision. The user-friendly, wizard-based program offers uniform 3D scaling, support for 4-axis milling, and simulation of finished 3D parts. It lets engineers quickly review the simulated prototype on the monitor and send it to the MDX-540 for production. The end result is faster prototype production, tighter dimensional accuracies and a silky smooth surface finish.

    • Rotary Axis (Optional)

      Rotary AxisWith the optional rotary axis, the MDX-540 produces parts with even greater speed and accuracy. 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.

    • Automatic Tool Changer (Optional)

      Auto Tool ChangerThe Roland Automatic Tool Changer (ATC) further reduces the time and cost associated with product development. From roughing to finishing, this optional accessory enables the MDX-540 to mill prototypes completely unattended. It automatically changes up to four preset tools of different sizes. The ATC comes with an air-activated, high-precision spindle.

    • High Precision

      PrecisionThe MDX-540’s hi-precision spindle decreases vibration within the unit and produces extremely accurate models, ideal for complex snap-fits. With ISO15448 standard collets, the MDX-540 also generates a smooth surface finish that requires little to no post finishing work.

    • Speedy Production

      Roland SRP devices can mill parts in an average time of just over four hours. 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.

    • Office Ready

      MDX-540The MDX-540's emergency stop switch enables you to shut down the machine at the push of a button, making it safe to operate in any office environment. An optional safety cover makes the cutting mechanism inaccessible during operation and reduces dust in the surrounding environment. The MDX-540 is also compact enough to fit though standard-sized doors and roll from one room to the next.

    • Handheld Controller & Virtual Control Panel

      Handy PanelThe MDX-540’s Handy Panel and Virtual Control Panel simplify both setup and operation. The hand-held control panel can be extended from the machine, allowing you to operate the MDX-540 from a safe distance. It has a jog dial for changing spindle speed and selecting options on the menu. The Virtual Control Panel lets you control the MDX-540 directly from your PC.

    • Reliable Performer

      ISORoland's international ISO certification is your quality assurance. Like all Roland products, the MDX-540 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.


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    MODEL MDX-540 MDX-540S
    Usable Materials Plastic, resin, wood and non-ferrous metals
    XYZ-Axis Travel 500 (X) x 400 (Y) x 155 mm (Z) [9.6(X) x 15.7(Y) x 6.1"(Z)]
    Milling Area with Optional Rotary Axis (ZCL-540) 177.8mm Diameter x 370.8mm Length
    [7.0” Diameter x 14.6” Length]
    Distance From Spindle Nose to Table Maximum 254mm (10")
    Table Size 550mm (W) x 420mm (D) [21.7(W) x 16.5"(D)]
    Loadable workpiece weight At acceleration of 0.2G: maximum 12kg (26lb), 0.1G: 20kg (44lb), 0.05G: 20kg (44lb)
    XYZ-axis drive system AC servo motor, 60W AC servo motor, 80W
    Operating speed Maximum 295ipm (7.5m/min)
    Acceleration 0.2G, 0.1G, 0.05G
    Software resolution RML-1 mode: 0.01mm(0.0004"), NC-code mode: 0.001mm (0.00004")
    Mechanical resolution 0.001mm (0.00004”)
    Positioning accuracy +/-0.1mm/300mm(+/-0.004"/12"), under no-load conditions
    Repeat accuracy +/-0.05mm (+/-0.0019"), under no-load conditions +/-0.02mm (+/-0.0008"), under no-load conditions
    Origin reproducibility (when the power is switched on/off) +/-0.05mm (+/-0.0019") +/-0.02m (+/-0.0008")
    Spindle motor DC brushless motor, maximum 400W
    Spindle speed 400 to 12,000 rpm; 400 to 3,000 rpm for positioning and centering
    Tool chuck Collet method, maximum tool diameter: 10mm (0.4")
    Control command sets RML-1 and NC codes
    Interface USB (compliant with Universal Serial Bus Specification Revision 1.1)
    Power supply Voltage and frequency: AC 100 to 120 V/220 to 240 V +/-10%, 50/60 Hz
    Required power capacity: 7A (100 to 120V)/4A (220 to 240V)
    Power consumption Approx. 700W
    Acoustic noise level During operation (no cutting): 65dB (A) or less, during standby: 40dB (A) or less (according to ISO 7779)
    Dimensions Width x depth x height: 745 x 955 x 858mm (29.3 x 37.6 x 33.8Z") Width x depth x height: 765 x 955 x 858mm (30.1 x 37.6 x 33.8Z")
    Weight 102kg (225lb)
    Operating temperature 5 to 40°C (41 to 104°F)
    Operating humidity 35 to 80% (no condensation)
    Included items Handy panel, power cord, tool sensor, sensor cable, nut, nut wrench, wrench, hexagonal wrenches, Roland Software CD-ROM, SRP Player CD-ROM, User's Manual, Roland Software Guide, SRP Player Installation and Setup Guide, and NC Code Reference Manual
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