Roland MDX-540 is one of
the fastest and most accurate rapid prototyping systems on the market.
And its price tag is less than half of most additive systems. The
desktop device comes complete with powerful CAM software, making
it easy to quickly produce everything from functional and snap-fit
prototypes to light metal molds and custom jewelry.
1. SRP® Technology
SRP® (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.
2. Functional Prototypes
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
3. 4-th Rotary Axis
With its 4th rotary axis, the MDX-540 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. Automatic Tool Changer
The 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
3. High Precision
he MDX-540’s hi-precision spindle decreases vibration within
the unit and produces extremely accurate models. It creates the
most accurate prototypes 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.
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-540 comes bundled with toolpath generation and simulation software
- SRP Player CAM. 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