MDX-40A CNC Mill/CNC Machine Features
Subtractive Rapid Prototyping (SRP) has several advantages over additive rapid prototyping (RP) systems, also called "3D printing." SRP devices cost significantly less to own and operate, resulting in lower material costs and no annual maintenance contracts, while producing prototypes out of a wider variety of non-proprietary materials with greater precision and better surface finish.
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Like all Roland CNC engraving machines and mills, the MDX-40A benchtop CNC mill produces a wide range of low-cost, non-proprietary materials typically used for rapid prototyping, including ABS, delrin, nylon, acrylic and tooling board. This lets designers and 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.
The MDX-40A benchtop CNC mill is equipped with a high-precision spindle that 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 CNC mill also generates a smooth surface finish that requires little to no post finishing work.
Roland RP systems, like the MDX-40A, typically create parts faster than a 3D printer does. 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.
The MDX-40A benchtop CNC mill is packaged with Roland SRP Player CAM software, ideal for rapid prototyping and custom rapid manufacturing applications. SRP Player was created specifically for designers and engineers to make SRP prototype parts quickly using an easy five-step process and intuitive workflow. SRP Player accepts a wide range of file formats, including industry standard .STL. As a result, it produces superior parts with smooth surfaces and accurate, tight-fit precision.
Bundled ClickMill software enables direct control of the MDX-40A for surfacing, drilling holes, cutting pockets and other finishing processes, all without accessing CAD or CAM software.
The MDX-40 CNC mill is designed to fit nicely into any office environment. It comes with an emergency stop switch that shuts down the machine at the push of a button. An optional safety cover makes the cutting mechanism inaccessible during operation and keeps dust out of the surrounding environment.
With the ZCL-40A optional rotary axis, the MDX-40A performs unattended four-sided milling at increments of one degree. When one side is completed, the part is automatically rotated until all sides have been milled. This saves time and lets you continue on with your design work while your prototypes are being created.
The ZCL-40A optional rotary axis unit supports materials up to 10.6” long by 4.7” in diameter (270mm long by 120mm in diameter), twice the capacity of Roland’s previous model and large enough to mill a 16.9oz. (500ml) PET bottle.
The optional ZSC-1 adds the power of reverse engineering to the MDX-40A. Using Roland Active Piezo Sensor technology, the MDX-40A transforms into a powerful and accurate tool for digitizing an existing part or mold for your CAD software. This technology gives the MDX-40A the ability to scan a wide variety of objects including soft objects like modeling clay. It can even scan glass or acrylic objects without making a scratch. The ZSC-1 includes scanning software – or for more advanced reverse engineering projects you can add a copy of PixForm Pro 2 reverse engineering software.
Perfect Office Fit
The MDX-40A is a compact desktop mill that fits nicely in any office. It comes with an emergency stop switch that shuts down the machine at the push of a button. An integrated safety cover makes the cutting mechanism inaccessible during operation and keeps dust out of the surrounding environment.
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