MDX-50

October 11, 2016
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Overview

MODELA MDX-50 precision model making device for industry and education

The MDX-50 CNC mill is an ideal stand-alone modelling solution for the production of short runs, prototypes and pre-production models and final samples. The MDX-50 is also an effective complementary technology to 3D printing as it delivers incredible mechanical accuracy (up to 0.01mm), a smooth surface finish and compatibility with a huge range of materials.

Suitable for professional, industrial and educational applications, the MDX-50 desktop milling device combines precise, automated milling with unmatched ease-of-use and intuitive CAM software, to accelerate prototype production and reduce operating costs. A new automatic tool changer (ATC), built-in control panel, increased machining area and operating speed reduce operation time and simplify production.

This means that users of all abilities and budgets can mill functional parts with incredible quality and mechanical accuracy on a wide range of materials.

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Free up your time with unattended production

The MDX-50 features an impressive range of automated features which enable users to mill with confidence, even while away from the device:

• The automatic tool changer allows unattended operation day-and-night
 • Auto-sensing function corrects the tool length to ensure milling accuracy for every job
 • An optional rotary axis is available for effortless production of complex surfaces:
◦ Auto-rotates materials from 0-to-360 degrees 
◦ Indexes for 2-sided, 4-sided and custom angles
◦ Speeds-up production – shortening process time for faster delivery 

Combine the ATC and optional rotary axis unit for complete, unattended operation.

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Easy operation and intuitive software deliver exceptional results

The MDX-50’s simple yet powerful built-in control panel, virtual control panel (VPanel), and bundled SRP Player CAM software make this the ideal milling solution for students, hobby engineers, enthusiasts and professionals alike.

With the control panel at the front of the unit, almost all operations can be completed from the unit itself without having to go back to a PC. The VPanel interface operates seamlessly with the MDX-50 and allows users tomake changes to spindle rotation or speed while the unit is still in operation.

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The included SRP Player CAM software has been updated to match theadvanced functions of the MDX-50. Milling settings can be configured in five simple steps, making operation straightforward even for those new to milling.

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Better performance, right out of the box

The MDX-50 increases performance with an expanded machining area of 400 (X) x 305 (Y) x 135 (Z) mm and increased operating speeds(thanks to a faster feed rate), while reducing production time with faster job processing and an automatic tool changer for continuous operation without stopping to change milling tools. The MDX-50 also offers out-of-the-box production with included CAM software and no need for additional air compressor equipment.

Operating speed (mm/min.) MDX-40A MDX-50
XY 3,000 3,600
Z 1,800 3,000

Precision milling on a wide range of materials

The MDX-50 precision model making device delivers exceptional quality for a smooth finish on a wide variety of woods and resins such as ABS, POM, nylon, plastic foam, modelling wax, chemical wood, plywood, hardwood and more. Create prototypes out of materials similar to the end product to test structural and functional operations, and assembly with other parts.

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With a machining area of 400 (X) x 305 (Y) x 135 (Z) mm, this powerful 3D milling device can produce large single objects or batch produce smaller multiple parts, making it ideal for a host of applications and prototypes, including:

          • Snap-fit parts 
          • Vacuum-formed moulds
          • Fixtures
          • Jigs
          • Industrial product plates
          • Electrical parts and casings 
          • Jewellery and accessories
          • Relief plaques and graphics 
          • Game and model parts

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Safe, clean and convenient production

The MDX-50 has been designed for safe and trouble-free operation, making it ideal for use in studio and educational environments. The cover ensures safe operation and waste is contained in a new integrated dust tray to create a cleaner, more convenient working environment. Current job status can be monitored from a distance with the colour-coded LED status lights and theilluminated work area makes mounting materials easier and safer.

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Superior reliability and support

The MDX-50 represents the most reliable technology backed by unmatched customer service and technical support, and comes with a comprehensive 1 year manufacturer’s RolandCare warranty.

Additional features

          • ClickMill software provides direct control of the MDX-50 for
           surfacing, drilling holes, cutting pockets and other finishing
           processes, all without having to access CAD or CAM software.
          • The MDX-50 supports G-code NC programming language, making
           it well-suited for professional, industrial and educational applications.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Technical Specifications

MODEL MDX-50
Cuttable material Resins such as chemical wood and modelling wax (metal not supported)
Operating range 400 (X) × 305 (Y) × 135 (Z) mm (15.8 (X) × 12.0 (Y) × 5.3 (Z) in.)
Loadable workpiece size 400 (X) × 305 (Y) × 100 (Z) mm (15.8 (X)× 12.0 (Y) × 3.9 (Z) in.)
XYZ-axis drive system Stepping motor
Operating speed (feed rate) XY-axis: 7 to 3600 mm/min (0.3 to 141.7 in./min)
Z axis: 7 to 3000 mm/min (0.3 to 118.1 in./min)
Software resolution 0.001 mm/step (0.039 mil/step: RML-1)
0.001 mm/step (0.039 mil/step: NC code)
Mechanical resolution 0.01 mm/step (0.39 mil/step: half step)
Spindle motor Brushless DC motor
Spindle rotation 4500 to 15000 rpm
Number of tools housed 6 (However, one of the tools is also used as the detection pin.)
Attachable tool “mm” specifications Shank diameter: 6 mm, tip diameter: 6 mm or less, length: 30 to 90 mm
Tools with shank diameters of 3 mm or 4 mm can be used by installing them in the included tool holder.
Interface USB
Control command sets RML-1, NC code
Power requirements AC 100 to 240 V ±10%, 50/60 Hz (overvoltage category: II, IEC 60664-1), 1.2 A
Power consumption Approx. 95 W
Operating noise During operation 60 dB (A) or less (when not cutting)
Standby 45 dB (A) or less
External dimensions 760 (W) × 900 (D) × 732 (H) mm (29.92 (W) × 35.43 (D)× 28.82 (H))
Weight 122 kg (269 lb.)
Installation environment Indoor use at altitudes Up to 2000 m
Temperature 5 to 40°C (41 to 104°F)
Humidity 435 to 80%RH (no condensation)
Ambient pollution degree 2 (as specified by IEC 60664-1)
Short-term temporary overvoltage 1440 V
Long-term temporary overvoltage 490 V
Included items Power cable, USB cable, manual, Roland DG Software Package CD, detection pin, hexagonal screwdriver,
hexagonal wrench, wrench, tool holders (6x 6 mm, 1x 4 mm, 1x 3 mm), tool positioner, Z0 sensor.

 

System requirements for Included Software
OS Windows 10, 8.1, 7 (32- or 64-bit version)*1,*2,*3
CPU Minimum required CPU for the operating system
Memory Minimum amount of required RAM for the operating system
Optical drive CD-ROM drive
Video card and monitor A display with at least 16-bit colour and a resolution of 1024 × 768 or more is recommended (a video card that supports Open GL is recommended).

(*1) This software is a 32-bit application and therefore runs in WOW64 (Windows-On-Windows 64) when running on 64-bit versions of Windows operating systems.
(*2) Internet Explorer 8.0 or later is required.
(*3) Operations have not been verified in virtual Windows environments such as Hyper-V and Virtual PC
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Accessories

Rotary Axis Unit (ZCL-50)
Cuttable material Resins such as chemical wood and modelling wax (metal not supported)
Operating range 363 (X) × 305 (Y) × 125 (Z) mm (14.29 (X) × 12.01 (Y) × 4.92 (Z) in.)
A: ±2146680° (approximately ±5963 rotations)
Loadable workpiece size Items within the range of a 60 mm (2.36 in.) radius from the centre of rotation by a length of 380 mm (14.96 in.)
Workpieces that can be secured by the rotary centre vice Thickness: 10 to 65 mm (0.39 to 2.56 in.) or diameter of 20 to 68 mm (0.79 to 2.68 in.)
Operating speed A: Maximum 15 rpm
Mechanical resolution 0.0225°/step (half step)
External dimensions 578 (W) × 190 (D) × 128 (H)mm (22.76 (W) × 7.48 (D) × 5.04 (H) in.)
Weight 7 kg (15.43 lb.)
Included items Detection bar, cap screws, user’s manual.

 

CONSUMABLES
Item Model Description
Square end-mills ZHS-100 High speed steel dia. 1 3 (l) × 6 (d) × 50 (L) × 2NT
ZHS-200 High speed steel dia. 2 6 (l) × 6 (d)× 50 (L) × 2NT
ZHS-300 High speed steel dia. 3 10 (l) × 6 (d) × 50 (L) ×2NT
ZHS-400 High speed steel dia. 4 12 (l) x 6 (d) × 50 (L) ×2NT
ZHS-500 High speed steel dia. 5 15 (l) × 6(d) × 55 (L) × 2NT
ZHS-600 High speed steel dia. 5 15 (l) × 6(d) × 55 (L) × 2NT
ZHS-3015 High speed steel dia. 3 15(l) x 6(d) x 50(L) x 2NT, including 2 pcs.
Ball end-mills ZCB-150 Cemented Carbide R1.5 25(l) ×2.4 (Lc) × 65 (L) ×6 (d) × 2NT
ZCB-200 Cemented Carbide R2 25(l) × 3.2 (Lc) × 70 (L) × 6 (d) ×2NT
ZCB-300 Cemented Carbide R3 30(l) ×4.8 (Lc) × 80 (L) × 6 (d) ×2NT

* Unit: mm, dia.=flute diameter, R=flute radius, Lc=cutting length, l=flute length, d=shank diameter, L=overall length, NT=number of flutes.

Item Model Description
Modelling wax ZW-200 10 pcs
Chemical wood ZSM-SX 5 pcs
Double-side adhesive sheet AS-10 10 sheets

 

Item Model Description
Spindle unit ZS-50-6 Incl. dia. 6mm collet and spindle belt
ZS-50-1/4 Incl. dia. 1/4inch (6.35mm) collet and spindle belt
Collet ZC-50-6 dia. 6mm
ZC-50-1/4 dia. 1/4inch (6.35mm)
Tool holders ZH-6 Tool shank for dia. 6mm, for ZS-50-6 and ZC-50-6
ZH-4 Tool shank for dia. 4mm, for ZS-50-6 and ZC-50-6
ZH-3 Tool shank for dia. 3mm, for ZS-50-6 and ZC-50-6
ZH-1/4 Tool shank for dia. 1/4inch (6.35mm), for ZS-50-1/4 and ZC-50-1/4
ZH-1/8 Tool shank for dia. 1/8inch (3.175mm), for ZS-50-1/4 and ZC-50-1/4

Brochure

See the brochure here

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Applications

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Functional prototypes

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Industrial marking

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Jewellery design

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