The Roland MDX-40A is a
desktop Subtractive Rapid Prototyping (SRP) system that offers product
designers and jewelers a major value. At a list price of $7,995,
the MDX-40A is less than half the cost of most additive systems
while producing prototypes out of a wider variety of non-proprietary
materials with greater precision and better surface finish.
1. 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,
tooling board and modeling wax. 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.
2. 4-th Rotary Axis
With its optional 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 the time and reduces errors associated with rotating
objects by hand.
3. High Precision
The MDX-40’s hi-precision spindle decreases vibration within
the unit and produces extremely accurate models. It achieves resolutions
up to 0.000039 inches 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.
4. Compact and Fully Enclosed
The MDX-40A is a compact and fully enclosed desktop mill. It runs
quietly and fits easily in any engineering office or jewelry shop.
At the same time, its large work area (12 x 12 x 4-1/8”) is
large enough to accommodate most prototyping needs.
5. 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
5. Bundled CAM Software
MDX-40A comes bundled with toolpath generation software - Roland
SRP Player, and the machining simulation software -
Virtual Modela. This powerful and easy-to-use CAM software
supports continuous 4th axis milling for producing a silky-smooth
surface finish. The software accepts IGES, DXF and STL files exported
from all popular CAD and jewelry software applications, including
SolidWorks, SolidEdge, Inventor, ProEngineer, Gemvision Matrix,
Artcam Jewelsmith, Type3 3Design, JewelCAD, JewelSpace and Rhino.
6. ProtoWizard Software & Fixtures
Roland’s optional ProtoWizard software and
fixture bundle allow jewelers to take full advantage of MDX-40A
for making wax jewelry models. ProtoWizard lets jewelers import
industry standard STL files and easily converts them into NC files
ready to be milled. The software is compatible with all jewelry
design software, including GEMvision Matrix, Rhino® with Techgems,
RhinoGold, ArtCAM Jewelsmith and Type3 3Design. The included 3-sided
ring fixture and ring arbor allow for the production of even the
most complex designs.
7. 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.