Anyway you look at it – the MDX-540 SRP® System is a winner. It’s one of the fastest and most accurate Rapid Prototyping (RP) systems on the market. And its price tag is less than half most additive systems. The desktop device comes complete with powerful CAM software, making it easy to quickly produce prototypes, light metal molds and custom jewellery.

SRP technology creates the most accurate prototypes for complex snap-fits and functional prototypes for testing and to prove part manufacturability. The MDX-540 handles a wide variety of materials and generates a perfect smooth surface finish.

Feature Summary

  • 400W DC Brushless motor with increased torque for fast, accurate prototypes
  • Bundled, user-friendly CAM Software
  • Handheld controller and virtual control panel make set up fast and easy
  • Specialty MDX-540S model available for enhanced precision and repeat accuracy
  • Optional 4th rotary axis and automatic tool changer
  • Maximum 500 mm (X) x 400 mm (Y) x 155 mm (Z) [19.6 (X) x 15.7 (Y) x 6.1 (Z) in.] XYZ-Axis Travel

SRP® Technology

SRP® (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® 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.

Functional Prototypes

Powered by a 400W spindle, the MDX-540 mills a wide variety of nonproprietary materials and popular engineered plastics such as ABS, Delrin, and nylon. Compared to additive RP systems, the desktop device produces functional prototypes that are better for structural, thermal, and electrical testing. Plus, MDX-540 parts meet a host of FDA and other government regulations.

The MDX-540 functional prototypes 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. The MDX-540 can also mill non-ferrous prototypes and molds made of aluminum, brass and copper. This lets design engineers create metal molds for rapid injection molding and EDM electrodes for production tooling.

Rotary Axis (Optional)

With the optional rotary axis, the MDX-540 produces parts with even greater speed and accuracy. When one side is completed, the part is automatically rotated until all four sides have been milled. This saves engineers the time and reduces errors associated with rotating objects by hand.

Automatic Tool Changer (Optional)

The Roland Automatic Tool Changer (ATC) further reduces the time and cost associated with product development. From roughing to finishing, this optional accessory enables the MDX-540 to mill prototypes completely unattended. It automatically changes up to four preset tools of different sizes. The ATC comes with an air-activated, high-precision spindle.

Optional Extraction Unit

BOFA’s DustPRO Universal (Milling) extraction unit has been developed to work with the Roland MDX540 large bench top milling machine. The unit’s high efficiency two stage filtration system effectively removes dust particles generated in production so that the environment remains clean. The compact design enables the unit to be easily located it conveniently doubles as a space saving stand for the smaller machines.


Advanced, Easy-To-Use Software

The introduction of Roland’s MODELA PRO II and SRP Player software allow even novices to operate the MDX-540 for professional results.  Every MDX-540 comes equipped with Roland SRP Player, which was developed exclusively for the MDX-540.  Simply enter the required information into five setting groups and SRP Player does the rest, automatically determining the best tools and other details required to generate the optimum tool path.  To prevent costly and time-consuming errors, SRP Player allows you to preview your job on-screen to confirm the cutting path for quality results every time.

Model MDX-540S MDX-540
Cuttable material Resins such as chemical wood and modelling wax, Light metals
X,Y, and Z operation strokes 500 (X) x 400 (Y) x 155 (Z) mm (19.6 (X) x 15.7 (Y) x 6.1 (Z) in.)
Distance from spindle nose to table Maximum 254 mm (10 in.)
Table size 550 (W) x 420 (D) mm (21.7 (W) x 16.5 (D) in.)
Loadable workpiece weight At acceleration of 0.2 G: maximum 12 kg (26 lb.), 0.1 G: 20 kg (44 lb.), 0.05 G: 20 kg (44 lb.)
XYZ-axis drive system AC servo motor, 80 W AC servo motor, 60 W
Operating speed Maximum 7.5 m/min (295 in./min)
Acceleration 0.2 G, 0.1 G, 0.05 G
Software resolution RML-1 mode: 0.01 mm (0.0004 in.), NC-code mode: 0.001 mm (0.00004 in.)
Mechanical resolution 0.001 mm (0.00004 in.)
Positioning accuracy ±0.1 mm/300 mm (±0.004 in./12 in.), under no-load conditions
Repeat accuracy ±0.02 mm (±0.0008 in.), under no-load conditions ±0.05 mm (±0.002 in.), under no-load conditions
Origin reproducibility (when the power is switched on/off) ±0.02 mm (±0.0008 in.) ±0.05 mm (±0.002 in.)
Spindle motor Brushless DC motor, maximum 400 W
Spindle speed 400 to 12,000 rpm; 400 to 3,000 rpm for positioning and centering
Cutting tool chuck Collet method, maximum tool diameter: 10 mm (0.4 in.)
Control command sets RML-1 and NC codes
Interface USB (compliant with Universal Serial Bus Specification Revision 1.1)
Power supply Voltage and frequency: AC 100 to 120 V/220 to 240 V ±10%, 50/60 Hz
Required power capacity: 7 A (100 to 120 V)/4 A (220 to 240 V)
Power consumption Approx. 700 W
Acoustic noise level During operation (when not cutting): 65 dB (A) or less, During standby: 40 dB (A) or less
Dimensions 765 (W) x 955 (D) x 858 (H) mm (30.1 (W) x 37.6 (D) x 33.8 (H) in.) 745 (W) x 955 (D) x 858 (H) mm (29.3 (W) x 37.6 (D) x 33.8 (H) in.)
Weight 102 kg (225 lb.)
Operating temperature 5 to 40°C (41 to 104°F)
Operating humidity 35 to 80% (non-condensing)
Included items Handy panel, Power cord, Tool sensor, Sensor cable, Nut, Nut wrench, Wrench(24mm), Hexagonal wrench, Roland Software CD-ROM, SRP Player CD-ROM, User's Manual, Roland Software Guide, SRP Player Installation and Setup Guide, and NC Code Reference Manual
Automatic Tool Changer (ZAT-540) Specifications
Number of tools housed 4
Maximum tool length 110 mm (4.3 in.)
Maximum tool diameter 10 mm (0.4 in.)
Maximum tool weight 350 g (0.77 lb.)
Tool-holder format Taper shank: JBS4002 15T 7/24 taper. Pull stud: JBS4002 15P (45°), special
Tool-selection method Direct-changing type, fixed-address specification
Compatible compressed air 0.7 to 1.0 MPa, 50 L/min or higher
Spindle speed 400 to 12,000 rpm; 400 to 3,000 rpm for positioning and centering
Weight 6.8 kg (15 lb.) (total weight including spindle, magazine, control box, etc.)
Included items Control box, Magazine unit, ATC spindle, Air cylinder, Base plate, Z-origin sensor, Spacer, Cap screws, Plastic screws, Hexagonal wrenches, Retaining bands, Cable retainers, User's Manual
  1. *When this unit is installed, the X-axis operation stroke of the MDX-540S and MDX-540 are as follows:
    • - Standard table, no rotary axis unit: 400 mm (15.7 in.)
    • - Standard table, rotary axis unit present: 270 mm (10.6 in.)/325 mm (12.7 in.) (with expanded X-axis travel operation stroke)
    • - T-slot table, no rotary axis unit: 400 mm (15.7 in.)
    • - T-slot table, rotary axis unit present: 203 mm (7.9 in.)/258 mm (10.1 in.) (with expanded X-axis travel operation stroke)
Rotary axis unit (ZCL-540) Specifications
Supported workpiece Resins (metal not supported)
Maximum angle of rotation ±2,147,483.647° (±5,965.23 turns)
Loadable workpiece size*1 Items within the range of a 90 mm (3.5 in.) in radius from the center of the rotary axis by 371 mm (14.6 in.) long. The actual cuttable range is smaller than this.
Workpiece thickness holdable by workpiece chuck 15 to 100 mm (0.6 to 3.9 in.)
Loadable workpiece weight Maximum 5 kg (11 lb.), maximum moment of inertia: 0.02 kgm2
Center drill used: Maximum 1.5 kg (3.3 lb.)
Control method Simultaneous 4-axis control
Feed rate Maximum 20 rpm
Software resolution RML-1 mode: 0.1°, NC-code mode: 0.01°
Mechanical resolution 0.002°
Static precision Backlash: 0.05°, Eccentricity: 0.3 mm (0.012 in.) or less
Dimensions 720 (W) x 100 (D) x 195 (H) mm (28.3 (W) x 3.9 (D) x 7.7 (H) in.)
Weight 6.5 kg (14.5 lb.) (total weight including drive unit, tailstock, base plates, etc.)
Included items Drive unit, Tailstock, Base plates, Live center, Center drill, Y-origin sensor, Z-origin sensor, Spacer, Origin-detection pin, Cap screws, Plastic screws, T-slot nuts, Hexagonal wrenches, Retaining band, User's Manual
  • *1 When the T-slot table is installed, the length is 297 mm (11.7 in.).
  • * When this unit is installed, the X-axis operation stroke of the MDX-540S and MDX-540 are as follows:
    • - Standard table, no ATC unit: 285 mm (11.2 in.)/325 mm (12.7 in.) (with expanded X-axis travel operation stroke)
    • - Standard table, ATC unit present: 270 mm (10.6 in.)/325 mm (12.7 in.) (with expanded X-axis travel operation stroke)
    • - T-slot table, no ATC unit: 218 mm (8.5 in.)/258 mm (10.1 in.) (with expanded X-axis travel operation stroke)
    • - T-slot table, ATC unit present: 203 mm (7.9 in.)/258 mm (10.1 in.) (with expanded X-axis travel operation stroke)
System requirements : Roland SRP Player
OS Windows® 8/8.1/10 (32/64 bit)
Windows® 7 Ultimate/Professional (32/64 bit)
CPU Pentium® 4 recommended
RAM 1GB or more recommended (2GB or more recommended for Windows® 8 or later)
Free hard-disk space 20MB or more recommended

Options Model Description
High Precision Spindle Unit ZS-540TY For replacement
Automatic Tool Changer ZAT-540 Refer to the specifications
Rotary Axis Unit ZCL-540 Refer to the specifications
T-Slot Table ZTT-540

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