3D Prototyping

By starting with a solid object and removing unwanted material, Roland’s Subtractive Rapid Prototyping (SRP) solutions offer several advantages over 3D printers and other rapid prototyping systems

Lower cost of ownership - with no annual maintenance fees and low cost materials, Roland MDX users save thousands of pounds over the annual cost of other RP systems.

  • Wide range of materials – woods, brass, aluminium, ABS, Acetal, Nylon, and plastics
  • Smooth surface finish
  • Tight tolerances

MDX-40A and MDX-540 series milling machines cost significantly less than 3D printers while producing precision prototypes out of a wider variety of non-proprietary materials. A larger selection of materials makes it easier to create prototypes, including UV resistance, bending strength, surface hardness and electrical conductivity. This is particularly important for biomedical and food processing products, where biocompatibility and chemically inert properties are critical. Roland SRP solutions come with SRP Player, powerful, easy to use CAM software that delivers the speed, tight tolerances and exceptionally smooth surface finishes required for prototyping and customised rapid manufacturing applications.

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Functional Prototypes

Mill functional prototypes using a wide range of materials that additive systems do not support. Users can choose from popular engineered plastics such as ABS, Acetal and Nylon, as well as acrylic and polycarbonate for transparent parts and a variety of woods and metals including aluminium, brass and copper. Compared to additive RP systems, Roland desktop devices produce functional prototypes that are better for structural, thermal and electrical testing.

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Product designers rely on models to thoroughly review a design and confirm its fit, finish and functionality. Roland's MDX series creates models in ABS and other materials used to produce actual products. As a result, users can review a prototype that closely matches their final product.

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The MDX series produces precision injection moulds, parts and jigs for small lot production. The MDX-540 mills light metals such as aluminium and brass to meet a range of production demands.

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