Roland MDX-40A


MDX-40A Benchtop CNC Mill

An intuitive and easy-to-use Subtractive Rapid Prototyping (SRP) device, the small footprint MDX-40A fits into any Fab Lab, workshop, office or classroom and allows both novice and advanced users to create precision 3D models. Built for designers, engineers and students who work in fast-paced environments, the speed, versatility and convenience of the MDX-40A put you in complete control.

A Small Machine for Big Ideas

The MDX-40A is a versatile CNC mill that handles a wide variety of non-proprietary plastic and resin materials, including ABS, delrin, nylon, acrylic, chemical wood and tooling board. Everything from smooth art sculptures to high-precision parts and prototypes can be created with the MDX-40A, helping you transform concepts into functional objects. It can also operate as a stand-alone CNC engraving machine, offering further flexibility and potential revenue streams.

Easy is an Understatement

Become a prototyping expert almost immediately with the MDX-40A’s simple yet powerful Virtual Control Panel and bundled SRP Player CAM software. A five-step workflow takes the user through effortless milling, while speed, cursor and cutting tools offer further control. Optional extras include a ZCL-40A rotary axis for uninterrupted 360-degree modeling and a scanning unit for reverse engineering and digitizing of existing parts or molds.

More Materials Means More Applications

The Modela MDX-40A Benchtop CNC Mill allows you to create 3D prototypes from non-proprietary materials, including plastics, woods, ABS, delrin, nylon, acrylic, tooling board and more. Open up endless industrial and creative applications, such as:

Product prototypes
Snap-fit parts
Toys and figurines
3D art and sculpture
eplacement parts
3D molds and stamps
Electrical casings
Plaques and engravings

Included Software for Experts and Beginners

SRP Player CAM Software

SRP Player was created to make milling easier for users of all abilities, enabling quick and precise production of prototypes using an easy five-step process and intuitive workflow. With the MDX-40A and SRP Player, you can produce superior parts with smooth surfaces and accurate, tight-fit precision. SRP Player accepts a wide range of file formats, including industry standard .STL files.


ClickMill Software allows direct control of the MDX-40A for surfacing, drilling holes, cutting pockets and other finishing processes, all without accessing CAD or CAM software.

G Code Support

The MDX-40A supports G-code NC programming language, making it well suited for both professional and educational applications.


Smooth Milling and Minimal Finishing

The MDX-40A Benchtop CNC Mill is equipped with a high-precision spindle that reduces vibration and produces extremely accurate prototypes, perfect for achieving even complex snap-fit finishes. With ISO15448 standard collets, the MDX-40A generates a smooth surface finish that requires little to no post finishing work.


Prototypes that Work

The MDX-40A creates functional prototypes for industry testing that can survive a barrage of physical tests, including thermal and structural trials. Prototypes even as simple as a toothbrush undergo in-vivo testing for hand fit, brush reach and handle deflection.


Optional Upgrades

Two upgrades are available from Roland to optimize the production of the MDX-40A.
Additional Rotary Axis
With the ZCL-40A optional rotary axis, the MDX-40A performs unattended four-sided milling. When one side is completed, the part is automatically rotated until all sides have been milled, allowing you to continue other work while your prototypes are being created.

Contact Scanning Unit
The ZSC-1 Scanning Unit enables the MDX-40A to reverse engineer by digitizing an existing part, product or mold, so it can be worked on in the CAD software. Scan a variety of objects including soft objects like modeling clay and intricate glass or acrylic, without making a scratch. The ZSC-1 comes with scanning software and the option to integrate advanced PixForm Pro 2 reverse engineering software.


Superior Reliability and Support

The MDX-40A offers reliable technology backed by unmatched customer service and technical support, and comes with a comprehensive one-year manufacturer’s warranty.
Roland DG international ISO certifications are your guarantee of superior quality.
System Requirements for Inlcuded Software
OS Windows Vista®(32bit edition) or Windows® XP (32bit edition) and Internet Explorer 6.0 or later
CPU Pentium® 4, 2.4GHz or faster recommended
RAM 1GB or more recommended
Free hard-disk space 20MB or more recommended
Video card and monitor A resolution of 1024 x 768 or more recommended, video card compatible with OpenGL recommended, and at least 16-bit

Optional Rotary Axis Unit (ZCL-40A)
Maximum angle of rotation +/-18 x 105° (+/-5000 rotations)
Maximum loadable workpiece size* 4.7 in.(120 mm) diameter by 10.6 in. (270 mm) long
Maximum thickness holdable by workpiece clamp 0.4 to 1.8 in. (10 to 45 mm)
Loadable workpiece weight 2.2 lb (1kg ) (including clamps)
Feed rate 0.23-11.79 rpm
Mechanical resolution 0.005625 deg./step (Micro-step)
Dimensions 18.5 (W) x 11.3 (D) x 4.5 (H) in.
(470 (W) x 286 (D) x 115 (H) mm)
Weight 16.5 lb (7.5 kg)
Included items Y-origin sensors (large and small), Z-origin sensor, Y-origin detection pin, center drill, live center, hexagonal wrench, cap

Optional 3D Scanning Sensor Unit (ZSC-1)
Maximum scanning area 12.0 (X) x 12.0 (Y) x 2.3 (Z) in.
(305 (X) x 305 (Y) x 60 (Z) mm)
Distance from probe tip to table Maximum 3.6 in. (92.4 mm)
Table load capacity Maximum 8.8 lb (4 kg)
Sensor Type Roland Active Piezo Sensor (RAPS)
Effective Probe Length 2-5/16 in. (60 mm)
Tip Bulb Radius 0.00315 in. (0.08 mm)
Minimum scan pitch .002 in (.051 mm)
Scanning method Contacting, mesh-point height-sensing
Operating speed XY-axis 0.6 to 1.1 in./s (15 to 30 mm/sec.)
Z-axis 0.04 to 1.1 in./s (1 to 30 mm/sec.)

Item Model Description
Rotary axis unit ZCL-40A See the above specifications
3D Scanning sensor unit ZSC-1 See the above specifications
Replacement spindle unit ZS-40 1GB or more recommended
Dust box ZDX-40 26.33(W) x 30.27(D) x 3.8(H) in.
(666 (W) x 769 (D) x 97 (H) mm)