MDX-50 Automated 3D Milling Machine
Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of digital fabrication tools including 3D milling machines, 3D printers and engraving machines, today announced the launch of the MODELA MDX-50 3D milling machine.
Since launching the world’s first desktop mill in 1986, Roland DG has focused on producing 3D milling machines that are compact, easy-to-use and affordable. The MDX series has proven popular among engineers, product designers and educators for its ability to quickly and easily produce precision prototypes, parts, jigs and models from a wide variety of resins and woods such as ABS, POM, nylon, plastic foam, modelling wax, chemical wood, hardwood and more.
The newly announced MDX-50 provides a number of exciting enhancements over the MDX-40A mill. Offered as a complete system, it includes an updated and easy-to-use CAM software, a larger workspace and an automatic tool changer (ATC) as standard, as well as an improved feed rate to deliver faster milling speed. Yoshihiro Yazawa, Roland DG General Manager of 3D Markets, Easy Shape Business Development HQ said: “The MDX-50 builds on the capabilities and functionality of the highly successful MDX-40A. The MDX-50 delivers optimum value in terms of price-performance, versatility, automation and ease-of-use to product designers in the manufacturing industry, as well as supporting upcoming generations of students”.
The MDX-50 increases milling capability with an improved feed rate along the XYZ axes resulting in a boost in productivity. The machining area has also been increased by 60 percent to handle larger models and mill multiple objects simultaneously. Another key benefit of the MDX-50 is the automated workflow. With the integrated ATC there is no need for the operator to change tools or re-set tool lengths during production. An optional rotary axis unit can rotate material 360 degrees to mill cylindrical objects and automate the fabrication of 2-sided, 4-sided and custom-angled items. Thanks to the ATC and rotary axis, once milling begins users can leave the device to run unattended with confidence.
To meet the demands of the growing trend in digital fabrication, the MDX-50 is both intuitive and safe to use, making it ideal for students, hobby engineers, enthusiasts and professionals alike. The integrated control panel enables on-the-fly adjustment of milling and spindle speed, highlights spindle load and displays remaining milling time. To further assist users in managing workflow, operators can also monitor machine status with the on-screen “VPanel” which sends email notification when machining work is complete or if intervention is required. The “VPanel” also records tool usage time and replacement intervals. The SRP Player CAM software, bundled with the MODELA series, configures jobs easily in five intuitive steps to make production simple even for first-time users. The cover safeguards users from moving parts and prevents waste from scattering. An integrated tray collects dust and debris.
Yazawa adds: “R&D departments increasingly need to address the demands for shorter prototyping and design schedules. With the advent of 3D printers, designers have found that while they are able to produce 3D objects from 3D data, they often need a 3D milling machine in order to achieve precision results from materials similar to the final product, to check the appearance and feel of the object and to verify fit and function. To give as many people as possible the opportunity to enjoy making things, Roland DG will continue generating production solutions that support all means of fabrication”.
About Roland DG Corporation
Roland DG Corporation is a leading manufacturer of products designed to help professionals and hobbyists transform their imagination into reality, including SOLJET, TrueVIS, VersaCAMM, VersaUV and Texart series large-format inkjet devices, MDX milling and EGX engraving machines, CAMM-1 and STIKA vinyl cutters and MPX photo impact printers.