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Roland CNC machine

During the Summer of 2010, the Interaction Workshop added a small CNC machine to its pedigree, to explore the world of digital fabrication and programmable design creation tool.

The current setup is composed of Roland MDX-40A desktop milling machine, with a computer and related software.

Key characteristics of the MDX-40A

  • Working volume: 305mm (X) x 305mm (Y) x 105mm (Z)
  • Recommended materials: plastics (ABS, Delrin/Acetal, Nylon, Acrylic), tooling board, wood, and modeling wax (metal not supported)
  • Feedrate: XY-axis:7 to 3,000 mm/min, Z-axis: 7 to 1,800 mm/min
  • Spindle rotation 4,500 to 15,000 rpm
  • Tool chuck: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 mm collet sizes
  • Control command sets: NC-code/Gcode (open), RML-1 (proprietary Roland)
  • Rotary Axis Unit (ZCL-40A) available, for full 3D support

How To guide to using the machine

Sofware and applications:

  • VPanel: control panel to control, position, monitor the machine and launch milling jobs.
  • ClickMill: application from Roland to prepare a job. Accepts 3D models only.
  • MeshCam: compose and prepare milling paths. It outputs gcode ready to mill.
  • CamBam: 2D and 2.5D to draw, compose and generate milling paths and gcode.
  • CutViewer: A little viewer to preview files and jobs. Very useful to debug and visualize jobs beforehand.


roland_cnc_machine.txt · Last modified: 2014/04/07 04:39 by jules