The new MODELA MDX-50 Benchtop CNC Mill, from Roland DGA Corp., is offered as a complete system. It comes with CAM software and features several enhancements over the MDX-40A mill, including a larger workspace, an automatic tool changer (ATC), and faster milling speed.
The machining area has been enlarged 60% to accommodate larger models and mill multiple objects simultaneously. An optional rotary axis unit can rotate work materials 360 degrees for milling cylindrical objects and automating the fabrication of two-sided, four-sided and custom-angled items.
MDX mills, including the new MDX-50, let users work with a range of resins and woods, such as ABS, POM, nylon, plastic foam, modeling wax, chemical wood, hard wood, and more.
With the increasing number of students and individuals undertaking fabrication for the first time, Roland has equipped the MDX-50 with features that ensure both simple operation and safety. An integrated control panel has been added to the front panel of the MDX-50, allowing spindle rotation and milling speed to be controlled while monitoring machining conditions. The on-screen, computer operated “VPanel” provides machine monitoring capability, sends emails when machining work is complete or if intervention is required, and records tool usage time and replacement intervals, all of which helps manage workflow.
The SRP Player CAM software lets users configure machining conditions in five intuitive steps. A full cover prevents waste from scattering, while an integrated chip collection tray collects dust and debris.
“An advanced milling machine like the MDX-50 is the perfect complement to a 3D printer within a design department,” said Matt Anderson, Roland DGA’s Product Manager, 3D Solutions. “While 3D printers are great, often times, only a 3D mill will allow you to use materials that are similar to the final product for proof of concept prototyping.”