Roland Introduces New Subtractive Rapid Prototyping System

LAKE FOREST, CA. Roland Advanced Solutions Division (ASD) today introduced the MDX-540 SRP® (Subtractive Rapid Prototyping) system. With a price tag of less than half most additive systems, the MDX-540 is one of the fastest and most accurate RP systems on the market.

“The MDX-540’s combination of precision desktop milling and powerful CAM software make the prototyping process effortless,” said Pedro Gonzalez, Roland ASD application engineer. “Bundled SRP Player software automatically generates tool paths with high speed and precision. It also lets engineers review simulated prototypes on their monitor before sending them to the MDX-540 for production.”

Powered by a 400W spindle, the MDX-540 mills 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 perform better in structural, thermal, and electrical testing. Plus, MDX-540 materials meet a host of FDA and other government regulations that additive systems cannot.

The MDX-540 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.

The MDX-540 comes complete with SRP Player. The new 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. The end result is faster prototype production, tighter dimensional accuracies and a smooth surface finish.

Rotary Axis & Automatic Tool Changer

With its 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 time and reduces errors associated with rotating objects by hand.

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.

Features & Specifications:

•        SRP technology:
o         Creates the most accurate prototypes for complex snap-fits
o         Creates prototypes for functional testing and proves part manufacturability
o         Handles a wide variety of materials and generates a smooth surface finish
•        400W DC Brushless motor with increased torque for fast, accurate prototypes
•        New SRP Player CAM Software for faster, more efficient and precise tool paths
•        Mills non-ferrous metals such as aluminum, brass and copper.
•        Handheld controller and virtual control panel make set up fast and easy
•        Optional rotary 4th axis and automatic tool changer
•        19.68" x 15.74" x 6.10" maximum work volume

Pricing & Availability

The MDX-540 is currently shipping with a list price starting at $19,995. Leasing options are available for all Roland products.

Roland Advanced Solutions Division

Roland ASD develops advanced solutions for the sign making, engraving, jewelry design and CAD/CAM industries. Major products include GX series vinyl cutters, EGX series engravers, MDX series milling machines, LPX series 3D laser scanners, and the MPX-70 photo impact printer. The strategic business unit is a division of Roland DGA Corporation – an industry leader in wide-format printing and integrated print/cut technology. Roland ASD serves customers throughout North and South America with cutting-edge technologies and skilled dealers. For more information, call (888) 273-8895 or visit the Web site at

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