Roland MDX-540

Benchtop Mill - Roland MDX-540

Any way you look at it – the MDX-540 Subtractive Rapid Prototyping (SRP®) System is a winner. One of the fastest and most accurate rapid prototype machines on the market, the MDX-540 has a price tag that is less than half the cost of most additive systems. A 4-axis desktop CNC device, the MDX-540 is complete with powerful CAM software that quickly and easily produces everything from functional and snap-fit parts and prototypes to light metal molds and custom jewellery.

Features

  • 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.
  • SRP Systems
    Todd Grimm, the man who wrote the book on rapid prototyping for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, found that Roland SRP devices produce prototypes faster, better and cheaper than most additive RP systems.
  • Functional Prototypes
    Powered by a 400W spindle, the MDX-540 milling and CNC engraving machines support 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 CNC engraving machine 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 tooling.

  • Bundled Software
    Bundled SRP Player CAM software automates the prototyping process and generates tool paths with high speed and precision. The user-friendly, wizard-based program offers uniform 3D scaling, support for 4-axis milling, and simulation of finished 3D parts. It lets engineers quickly review the simulated prototype on the monitor and send it to the MDX-540 for production. The result is faster prototype production, tighter dimensional accuracies and a silky smooth surface finish.
  • Rotary Axis (Optional)
    With the optional rotary axis, the MDX-540 produces parts with even greater speed and accuracy. 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.
  • Automatic Tool Changer (Optional)
    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 spindle.
  • High Precision
    The MDX-540 milling and CNC engraving machine includes a hi-precision spindle that decreases vibration within the unit and produces extremely accurate models, which is ideal 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.
  • 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 finishing processes.
  • Office Ready
    The MDX-540’s emergency stop switch enables you to shut down the machine at the push of a button, making it safe to operate in any office environment. An optional safety cover makes the cutting mechanism inaccessible during operation and reduces dust in the surrounding environment. The MDX-540 is also compact enough to fit though standard-sized doors and roll from one room to the next.
  • Handheld Controller & Virtual Control Panel
    The MDX-540’s Handy Panel and Virtual Control Panel simplify both setup and operation. The hand-held control panel can be extended from the machine, allowing you to operate the MDX-540 from a safe distance. It has a jog dial for changing spindle speed and selecting options on the menu. The Virtual Control Panel lets you control the MDX-540 directly from your PC.
  • Reliable Performer
    Roland’s international ISO certification is your quality assurance. Like all Roland products, the MDX-540 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.

Specifications

MODEL MDX-540 MDX-540S
Usable Materials Plastic, resin, wood and non-ferrous metals
XYZ-Axis Travel 19.6(X) x 15.7(Y) x 6.1″(Z)[500 (X) x 400 (Y) x 155 mm (Z)]
Loadable workpiece size with optional rotary axis (ZCL-540) * 7.0” Diameter x 14.6” Length [177.8mm Diameter x 370.8mm Length]
Actual milling area is smaller
Distance From Spindle Nose to Table Maximum 10″ (254mm)
Table Size 21.7(W) x 16.5″(D) [550(W) x 420mm (D)]
Loadable workpiece weight At acceleration of 0.2G: maximum 26lb (12kg), 0.1G: 44lb (20kg), 0.05G: 44lb (20kg)
XYZ-axis drive system AC servo motor, 60W AC servo motor, 80W
Operating speed Maximum 295ipm (7.5m/min)
Acceleration 0.2G, 0.1G, 0.05G
Software resolution RML-1 mode: 0.0004″(0.01mm ), NC-code mode: 0.00004″ (0.001mm)
Mechanical resolution 0.00004” (0.001mm)
Positioning accuracy +/-0.004″/12″(+/-0.1mm/300mm), under no-load conditions
Repeat accuracy +/-0.0019″(+/-0.05mm), under no-load conditions +/-0.0008″(+/-0.02mm), under no-load conditions
Origin reproducibility (when the power is switched on/off) +/-0.0019″ (+/-0.05mm) +/-0.0008″ (+/-0.02m)
Spindle motor DC brushless motor, maximum 400W
Spindle speed 400 to 12,000 rpm; 400 to 3,000 rpm for positioning and centering
Tool chuck Collet method, maximum tool diameter: 0.4″ (10mm)
Control command sets RML-1 and NC codes
Interface USB (compliant with Universal Serial Bus Specification Revision 1.1)
Power supply Voltage and frequency: AC 100 to 120 V/220 to 240 V +/-10%, 50/60 Hz
Required power capacity: 7A (100 to 120V)/4A (220 to 240V)
Power consumption Approx. 700W
Acoustic noise level During operation (no cutting): 65dB (A) or less, during standby: 40dB (A) or less (according to ISO 7779)
Dimensions Width x depth x height: 29.3 x 37.6 x 33.8Z” (745 x 955 x 858mm) Width x depth x height: 30.1 x 37.6 x 33.8Z” (765 x 955 x 858mm)
Weight 225lb (102kg)
Operating temperature 41 to 104F (5 to 40C)
Operating humidity 35 to 80% (no condensation)
Included items Handy panel, power cord, tool sensor, sensor cable, nut, nut wrench, wrench, hexagonal wrenches, Roland Software CD-ROM, SRP Player CD-ROM, User’s Manual, Roland Software Guide, SRP Player Installation and Setup Guide, and NC Code Reference Manual
MODEL MDX-540A MDX-540SA
Usable Materials Plastic, resin, wood and non-ferrous metals
XYZ-Axis Travel 15.7(X) x 15.7(Y) x 6.1″(Z)[400 (X) x 400 (Y) x 155 mm (Z)]
Loadable workpiece size with optional rotary axis (ZCL-540) * 7.0” Diameter x 14.6” Length [177.8mm Diameter x 370.8mm Length]
Actual milling area is smaller
Distance From Spindle Nose to Table Maximum 10″ (254mm)
Table Size 21.7(W) x 16.5″(D) [550(W) x 420mm (D)]
Loadable workpiece weight At acceleration of 0.2G: maximum 26lb (12kg), 0.1G: 44lb (20kg), 0.05G: 44lb (20kg)
XYZ-axis drive system AC servo motor, 60W AC servo motor, 80W
Operating speed Maximum 295ipm (7.5m/min)
Acceleration 0.2G, 0.1G, 0.05G
Software resolution RML-1 mode: 0.0004″(0.01mm ), NC-code mode: 0.00004″ (0.001mm)
Mechanical resolution 0.00004” (0.001mm)
Positioning accuracy +/-0.004″/12″(+/-0.1mm/300mm), under no-load conditions
Repeat accuracy +/-0.0019″(+/-0.05mm), under no-load conditions +/-0.0008″(+/-0.02mm), under no-load conditions
Origin reproducibility (when the power is switched on/off) +/-0.0019″ (+/-0.05mm) +/-0.0008″ (+/-0.02m)
Spindle motor DC brushless motor, maximum 400W
Spindle speed 400 to 12,000 rpm; 400 to 3,000 rpm for positioning and centering
Tool chuck Tool holder format, Taper shank: JBS4002 15T
Control command sets RML-1 and NC codes
Interface USB (compliant with Universal Serial Bus Specification Revision 1.1)
Power supply Voltage and frequency: AC 100 to 120 V/220 to 240 V +/-10%, 50/60 Hz
Required power capacity: 7A (100 to 120V)/4A (220 to 240V)
Power consumption Approx. 700W
Acoustic noise level During operation (no cutting): 65dB (A) or less, during standby: 40dB (A) or less (according to ISO 7779)
Dimensions Width x depth x height: 29.3 x 37.6 x 33.8″ (745 x 955 x 858mm) Width x depth x height: 30.1 x 37.6 x 33.8″ (765 x 955 x 858mm)
Weight 249lb (109kg)
Operating temperature 41 to 104F (5 to 40C)
Operating humidity 35 to 80% (no condensation)
Included items Handy panel, power cord, tool sensor, sensor cable, nut, nut wrench, wrench, hexagonal wrenches, Roland Software CD-ROM, SRP Player CD-ROM, User’s Manual, Roland Software Guide, SRP Player Installation and Setup Guide, NC Code Reference Manual, and Automatic Tool Changer (Refer to the ZAT-540 specs below.)