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Modela MDX-40A Milling Machine

Training the Next Generation

With CAD/CAM now a core part of the Design & technology process, it’s good to know Roland have all the products needed to educate; from simple plotters and knife cutters to powerful 3D milling machines and wide format printer cutters. Compatible with the most widely used educational software, Roland products easily fit into almost any IT infrastructure. Thanks to their exceptional reliability and easy of use, Roland GX vinyl cutters, printers and milling machines have for years been the choice of industry professionals - the ideal machines for training the next generation.Use Roland’s MDX range of milling machines for product design or subtractive rapid prototyping, GX-24 vinyl cutters to cut lettering and produce simple vinyl graphics to enhance designs, or VersaCamm printers to create full-colour contour-cut graphics for signage, displays and textile transfers.


CNC milling is an essential component of product design, rapid prototyping and manufacturing. Now your students can learn Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing with the MDX-40A and the TechSoft Education Kit. The Roland MDX-40A milling machine is easy to set up and use, yet exceptionally versatile. Functional prototypes and parts can be produced out of a wide variety of non-proprietary materials with exceptional precision and surface finish. Easy-to-use CAM and simulation software is included, allowing students to easily go from their 3D CAD software to 3D parts using industry standard .stl files. The ability to use G-code allows educators greater flexibility and ease of integration with industry standard CAM programs.

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With the TechSoft GX-24 Education Kit, your students will learn how to cut vinyl for signs and vehicle graphics, cut heat transfer materials for decorated apparel, and cut card stock for packaging. Due to their exceptional reliability and value, Roland CAMM-1 vinyl cutters have for many years been the tool of choice for sign shops, apparel decorators and educational institutions worldwide. The GX-24 desktop vinyl cutter adds optical alignment to allow printed graphics to be automatically aligned and accurately contour cut. Included CutStudio™ software lets users enlarge, reduce, reposition, rotate and mirror images.

Our Solutions Start by Teaching the Teacher

What makes the Roland educational kits different is the focus on teacher success. Too many technical training products require expertise on the part of the teacher to figure them out on their own. Teachers must spend hours and hours studying technical manuals just to operate the machine! TechSoft Education Kits are used in thousands of schools worldwide and were designed by technical educators who understand the need to quickly come up to speed with a variety of real world projects. With Roland TechSoft Education solutions, you have the confidence and skills to teach your students the concepts they need for future success!

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  • Modela MDX-40A Milling Machine

    The Roland MDX-40A is a desktop Subtractive Rapid Prototyping (SRP) system that offers product designers major value. At less than half the cost of most additive systems, the MDX-40A produces prototypes out of a wide variety of non-proprietary materials with greater precision and better surface finish. The MDX-40A’s compact design makes it a perfect fit for any office or classroom.

    SRP technology creates the most accurate prototypes for complex snap-fits and functional prototypes for testing and to prove part manufacturability. The MDX-40A handles a wide variety of materials and generates a perfect smooth surface finish.

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    Feature Summary

    • Bundled 4-axis SRP Player CAM software makes it easy to go from CAD model to physical prototype
    • Large 305 (X) x 305 (Y) x 105 (Z) mm maximum work volume without rotary axis
    • Optional rotary axis supports materials up to 270mm long by 120mm in diameter
    • Virtual control panel makes origin setting simple
    • Real-time cutting and spindle speed override capability
    • Bundled Roland ClickMill™ software
    • High speed 15,000 rpm spindle for creating detailed features with precision tools
    • G-Code compatibility
    • Emergency stop switch and machine cover for clean, quiet and safe work environment
    • SRP® Technology

      SRP TechnologySRP® (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 SystemsSRP® 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. Download the Choosing the Right RP System Brochure (PDF Format - 1.9 MB)

    • Functional Prototypes

      Gearshift SampleLike all Roland SRP devices, the MDX-40A 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 test 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.

    • 4th Rotary Axis (Optional)

      4th AxisWith the ZCL-40A optional rotary axis, the MDX-40A performs unattended four-sided milling at increments of one degree. When one side is completed, the part is automatically rotated until all sides have been milled. This saves time and lets you continue on with your design work while your prototypes are being created.

      The ZCL-40A optional rotary axis unit supports materials up to 270mm long by 120mm in diameter (10.6” long by 4.7” in diameter), twice the capacity of Roland’s previous model and large enough to mill a 500ml (16.9oz.) PET bottle.

    • High Precision

      PrecisionThe MDX-40A’s hi-precision spindle decreases vibration within the unit and produces extremely accurate models. It achieves resolutions up to 0.01 mm/step (0.00039 in./step) per step and creates the most accurate prototypes for complex snap-fits. With ISO15448 standard collets, the MDX-40A also generates a smooth surface finish that requires little to no post finishing work. (Close up picture of milled model).

    • Speedy Production

      Plate SampleRoland SRP devices typically create parts faster than a 3D printer. 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.

    • SRP Player CAM Software

      SRP Player SoftwareThe MDX-40A is packaged with Roland SRP Player CAM software, ideal for rapid prototyping and custom rapid manufacturing applications. SRP Player was created specifically for designers and engineers to make SRP prototype parts quickly and easily in five easy steps using an easy to follow, intuitive workflow. SRP Player accepts a wide range of file formats including industry standard .stl. As a result, it produces superior parts with smooth surfaces and accurate, tight-fit precision.

    • ClickMill Software

      ClickMill SoftwareBundled ClickMill software enables direct control of the MDX-40A for surfacing, drilling holes, cutting pockets and other finishing processes, all without accessing CAD or CAM software.

    • G-Code Support

      G-CodeSupport for G-Code programming gives the MDX-40A compatibility with popular software programs including Mastercam, EdgeCAM, SurfCAM, GibbsCAM and more.

    • Optional Contact Scanning Unit


      The optional ZSC-1 adds the power of reverse engineering to the MDX-40A. Using Roland Active Piezo Sensor technology, the MDX-40A transforms into a powerful and accurate tool for digitizing an existing part or mold for your CAD software. This technology gives the MDX-40A the ability to scan a wide variety of objects including soft objects like modeling clay. It can even scan glass or acrylic objects without making a scratch. The ZSC-1 includes scanning software – or for more advanced reverse engineering projects you can add a copy of PixForm Pro 2 reverse engineering software.

    • Perfect Office Fit

      MDX-40aThe MDX-40A is a compact desktop mill that fits nicely in any office. It comes with an emergency stop switch that shuts down the machine at the push of a button. An optional safety cover makes the cutting mechanism inaccessible during operation and keeps dust out of the surrounding environment.

    • Reliable Performer

      ISORoland's international ISO certification is your quality assurance. Like all Roland products, the MDX-40A 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.


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    Acceptable materials Resins such as chemical wood and modeling wax (metal not supported)
    X, Y, and Z strokes 305 (X) x 305 (Y) x 105 (Z) mm (12 (X) x 12 (Y) x 4-1/8 (Z) in.)
    Distance from spindle tip to table Maximum 123 mm (4-13/16 in.)
    Table size 305 (W) x 305 (D) mm (12 (W) x 12 (D) in.)
    Loadable workpiece weight 4 kg (8.8 lb)
    XYZ-axis motor Stepping motor
    Feed rate XY-axis: 0.1 to 50 mm/sec. (0.0039 to 1.9 in./s),
    Z-axis: 0.1 to 30 mm/sec. (0.0039 to 1.1 in./s)
    Software resolution NC-code: 0.001mm/step (0.000039 in./step),
    RML-1: 0.01 mm/step (0.00039 in./step)(RML-1)
    Mechanical resolution 0.002 mm/step (0.00008 in./step)(Micro-step)
    Spindle motor Brushless DC motor, Maximum 100 W
    Spindle rotation 4500 to 15000 rpm
    Tool chuck Collet
    Interface USB (compliant with Universal Serial Bus Specification Revision 1.1)
    Power supply Voltage and frequency AC100 to 240 +/-10%, 50/60 Hz
    Required power capacity 2.1 A
    Power consumption Approx. 210W
    Acoustic noise level No-load operation: 56 dB (A) or less, Standby: 42 dB (A) or less
    Dimensions 669 (W) x 760 (D) x 554 (H) mm [26-3/8 (W) x 29-15/16 (D) x 21-13/16 (H) in.]
    Weight 65 kg (143.3 lb)
    Operation temperature 5 to 40°C (41 to 104°F)
    Operation humidity 35 to 80% (no condensation)
    Included items Power cord, power plug adapter, USB cable, collet, Z0 sensor, hexagonal wrench, hexagonal screw drivers, spanners, Roland
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