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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. 
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 +The current setup is composed of Roland MDX-40A desktop milling machine, with a computer and related software. ​
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 +=== 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
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 +=== How To guide to using the machine ===
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 +**Sofware and applications:​**
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 +  * 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. ​
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 +=== Resources ===
 +  * [[http://​wiki.makespace.org/​Equipment/​CNC_Model_Mill|MakeSpace Wiki]]
 +  * [[http://​www.grzsoftware.com/​manual/​toolpath_settings.htm|MeshCAM manual]]
 +  * [[http://​lcamtuf.coredump.cx/​gcnc/​full/​|Guerrilla guide to CNC machining]]
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 +**PCB and electronics related**
 +  * [[http://​wiki.protospace.nl/​index.php/​Milling_PCB_From_Fritzing|Milling PCB From Fritzing]]
 +  * [[http://​www.brusselsprout.org/​PCB-Routing/​|PCB Isolation Routing]] from Eagle
roland_cnc_machine.txt · Last modified: 2014/04/07 04:39 by jules