Prototyping System mills various non-proprietary materials.

Press Release Summary:

Desktop Subtractive Rapid Prototyping System, Model MDX-40 mills ABS, Delrin, nylon, and tooling board. With 12 x 12 x 4.12 work volume, system includes 4th rotary axis for unattended 2- and 4-sided milling, 15,000 rpm spindle for creating detailed features with fine tools, and emergency stop switch for safe work environment. MODELA Player 4 CAM software generates proportional 3D scaling, identifies milling direction, and generates and displays tool path.

Original Press Release:

Roland Introduces New Compact & Affordable Subtractive Rapid Prototyping System

LAKE FOREST, CA February 1, 2005 Roland Advanced Solutions Division (ASD) today introduced a powerful and versatile new desktop Subtractive Rapid Prototyping (SRP) system that offers product designers a major value. At a list price of $10,995, the MDX-40 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.

"The MDX-40 offers the best return for your engineering dollars," said Glenn Kennedy, Roland channel sales manager. "Mechanical designers know that accurate functional testing is dependent on material properties, and only SRP(TM) technology lets you test the actual material the design specifies."

Like all Roland SRP devices, the MDX-40 can mill a wide range of low cost, non-proprietary materials including ABS, delrin, nylon, and tooling board. This lets engineers create functional prototypes to determine 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.

Features & Specifications:

SRP technology:
Creates the most accurate prototypes for complex snap-fits
Proves part manufacturability better than additive methods
Handles a wide variety of materials and generates a smooth surface finish
Fourth Rotary Axis for unattended two- and four-sided milling
Bundled 4-axis CAM software
12" x 12" x 4.12" work volume
High-speed 15,000 rpm spindle for creating detailed features with fine tools
Emergency stop switch and machine cover for clean, quiet and safe work environment

Bundled Software
MODELA Player 4 is a CAM software application that accepts IGES, DXF and STL files exported from the most popular industrial 3D CAD software programs. It is used to generate proportional 3D scaling, identify milling direction and automatically generate and display the tool path. MODELA Player 4 supports tool changing when used with the Automatic Tool Changer (ATC) and automatic side cutting when used with the Rotary Axis Unit.

Virtual MODELA enables simulation of finished 3D models and accurately estimates machining production time. Lighting effects, material color or bitmap overlays can be added for accurate finished product representation. Access can be directly achieved from MODELA Player or by importing a PRN file.

Pricing & Availability
The MDX-40 has a list price of $10,995 and is currently shipping. Leasing options are available for all Roland products.

Roland Advanced Solutions Division
Roland Advanced Solutions Division (ASD) develops solutions for the rapid prototyping, reverse modeling, engraving, jewelry design and sign making industries. The new company serves customers throughout North and South America with cutting-edge technologies and skilled dealers.

Roland ASD is a division of Roland DGA Corporation. Major products include CX series vinyl cutters, EGX series engravers, MDX series milling machines, LPX series laser scanners, and the MPX-60 photo impact printer. Roland ASD headquarters are located in Lake Forest, CA with international headquarters in Japan. For more information, please call (800) 542-2307 or visit the Web site at

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