Machinery and Software


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Roland MDX-540 Desktop Milling Machine

Roland MDX-540 Desktop Milling Machine:
Precision benchtop milling machine produces high-quality parts and models using Roland’s Subtractive Rapid Prototyping (SRP) technology
Advanced S models utilizing higher accuracy ballscrews available for even greater precision 
Simple on-screen menus and operation panel make setup and production easier than ever
Cutting area of 500 mm (X) x 400 mm (Y) x 155 mm (Z) (19.6 (X) x 15.7 (Y) x 6.1 (Z) in.) accommodates larger prototypes
Advanced software optimizes your 3D CAD data for flawless molds and parts
In-house milling shortens the design/development cycle and lowers product development costs
User Friendly Operation: 
Designed from the ground up for ease of use, the MDX-540 features a handy control panel that simplifies the setup and production processes by strategically grouping the most commonly used settings.  Using a jog-dial, you can quickly and easily reposition tools and adjust spindle speeds without interrupting the milling process.  For other settings, simply access the MDX-540’s on-screen operation panel featuring clear, easy-to-navigate icons.
 Applicable to Various Material:
 With the MDX-540, you can produce molds and parts for small lot production quickly and inexpensively from a wide range of materials, including chemical woods, resin, ABS and non-ferrous metals such as aluminum, brass and copper.
Optional Application:
Four powerful options let you build on your MDX-540 for even greater performance and unattended operation.  These include an Automatic Tool Changer (ATC), rotary axis unit, T-slot table and safety cover.  The optional ATC holds up to four tools while the rotary axis unit facilitates 360 degree and multiple-surface cuts.
Bundle with Powerful Software:
The introduction of Roland’s MODELA PRO II and SRP Player software allow even novices to operate the MDX-540 for professional results.  Every MDX-540 comes equipped with Roland SRP Player, which was developed exclusively for the MDX-540.  Simply enter the required information into five setting groups and SRP Player does the rest, automatically determining the best tools and other details required to generate the optimum tool path.  To prevent costly and time-consuming errors, SRP Player allows you to preview your job on-screen to confirm the cutting path for quality results every time.
Video Demo :
When this unit is installed, the X-axis travels of the MDX-540 are as follows:
- Standard table, no rotary axis unit: 400 mm (15.7 in.)
- Standard table, rotary axis unit present: 270 mm (10.6 in.)/325 mm (12.7 in.) (with expanded X-axis travel)
- T-slot table, no rotary axis unit: 400 mm (15.7 in.)
- T-slot table, rotary axis unit present: 203 mm (7.9 in.)/258 mm (10.1 in.) (with expanded X-axis travel)
*1 When the T-slot table is installed, the length is 297 mm (11.7 in.).
* When this unit is installed, the X-axis travels of the MDX-540 are as follows:
- Standard table, no ATC unit: 285 mm (11.2 in.)/325 mm (12.7 in.) (with expanded X-axis travel)
- Standard table, ATC unit present: 270 mm (10.6 in.)/325 mm (12.7 in.) (with expanded X-axis travel)
- T-slot table, no ATC unit: 218 mm (8.5 in.)/258 mm (10.1 in.) (with expanded X-axis travel)
- T-slot table, ATC unit present: 203 mm (7.9 in.)/258 mm (10.1 in.) (with expanded X-axis travel) 
 Optional Accessories:(Click on table to view more detail)

Friday, October 1, 2010

Roland SRM-20 Desktop Milling Machine

Roland SRM-20 Desktop Milling Machine:
monoFab is a series of new desktop tools that brings together the fun of imagination and the joy of manufacturing in order to satisfy users who want to bring their dreams and ideas to life with greater freedom.
With the SRM-20 3D milling machine, which cuts away unnecessary material, ideas can be turned into 3D objects with a high degree of precision.

Working models ensure that prototypes can be produced, including verification of user-friendliness, confirmation of fit, structural analysis and mechanical checks, etc.

 1) The next evolution in compact milling machines:
The SRM-20 is Roland’s latest generation desktop milling machine for the office, studio and educational environment. Since pioneering desktop milling in 1986, Roland has continued to perfect our expertise in delivering accuracy and efficiency in a compact format. The SRM-20 incorporates innovative features, including a new spindle, collet, circuit boards and control software. The result is a leap forward in milling precision, speed and ease of use. The SRM-20 can mill a variety of non-proprietary materials typically used for prototyping, including chemical wood, acrylic and modeling wax. Optional collets are also available to extend the mill’s capability with a wide range of end mill shapes and sizes, ideal for creating beautiful finishes and intricate details.

Cuttable material : Resins such as chemical wood and modeling wax (metal not supported), substrates for machining.

2) Designed for clean and secure use in your office or classroom :
The SRM-20 includes an interlocked full cover and a dust-collection tray to keep your environment clean and clear of waste material. For increased safety, opening the cover automatically stops the machine.
3) Simple operation for optimum results :
Designed for ease of use, the SRM-20 supports Roland's unique "VPanel", an on-screen operation panel for the computer. By using the speed-controlled 4-way cursor movement, the origin point can be set quickly and accurately. Spindle RPM and milling speed can be altered during milling, allowing full control over the results and milling time.

4) SRP Player for SRM-20 :
 SRP Player CAM software features simple step-by-step settings for easy operation and high quality milling. You can easily add supports when doing double-sided cutting and preview your job on-screen to confirm the cutting path.

5) MODELA Player 4 :
MODELA Player 4 is a CAM software that automatically calculates and displays the cutting tool path from 3D data created in commercial 3D CAD software or downloaded from the Internet.

6) iModela Creator Design Software :

 iModela Creator is a 2D milling software for procesing 2D data such as text and graphics, allowing users to create and mill shapes, holes and patterns. Intuitive menus and icons make design and production easy, even for beginners. Once the milling material is loaded, the SRM-20 produces the design in precise detail.

7) ClickMILL Simple Milling Solution :

ClickMILL provides the user with direct control of the machine without the need to access CAD or CAM software when drilling holes, cutting pockets or surfacing and other finishing processes.
Cuttable material
Resins such as chemical wood and modeling wax (metal not supported),substrates for machining
X, Y, and Z operation strokes
203.2 (X) x 152.4 (Y) x 60.5 (Z) mm (8 (X) x 6 (Y) x 2.38 (Z) inches)
Distance from collet tip to table
Maximum 130.75mm(5.15 inches)
Table size
232.2(X) x 156.6(Y)mm(9.14 (X) x 6.17 (Y) inches)
Loadable workpiece weight
2kg(4.4 lbs)
X-, Y-, and Z-axis drive system
Stepping motor
Operating speed
6 to 1800mm/min (0.24 to 70.87inches/min)
Software resolution
0.01 mm/step (RML-1), 0.001mm/step (NC code)
(0.00039 inches/step (RML-1), 0.000039 inches/step (NC code))
Mechanical resolution
0.000998594 mm/step (0.0000393 inches/step)
Spindle motor
DC motor Type 380
Maximum spindle rotation
7,000 rpm
Cutting tool chuck
Collet method
Control command sets
RML-1, NC code
Power requirements
Machine: DC24V, 2.5A, Dedicated AC adapter: AC 100-240V±10%, 50/60Hz
Power consumption
Approx. 55W
Acoustic noise level
During operation: 65 dB (A) or less (when not cutting), during standby: 45 dB (A) or less
Dimensions / Weight
451.0(W) x 426.6(D) x 426.2(H)mm (17.76 (W) x 16.80 (D) x 16.78 (H) inches) / 19.6kg(43.2 lbs)
Temperature of 5 to 40°C (41 to 104°F), 35 to 80% relative humidity (non-condensing)
Included items
AC adapter, Power cord, USB cable, Cutting tool, Collet, Set screw, Spanners (7,10mm / 0.28, 0.39 inches), Hexagonal wrench (size 2,3 mm / 0.08, 0.12 inches), Positioning pins, Double-sided tape, Start-up page information card, Read first (Booklet)

System requirement :
Operating system
Windows® 7/8/8.1 (32-bit/64-bit edition)*
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo or more (Core™ i5 or more recommended)
1GB (2GB or more recommended)
Video card and monitor
A resolution of 1,280x1,024 or more recommended
Free hard-disk space
100 MB or more recommended
Other requirements
Internet connection and web browser,
Internet Explorer® version 10 or more recommended

Video Demo: