5 axis capabilities for Roland MDX-540

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JWF
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5 axis capabilities for Roland MDX-540

Post by JWF » Tue Jun 16, 2015 11:56 am

Hi all,
Can anyone advise me if it's possible to fit a Roland MDX-540 with a 5-axis bed/chuck etc? It doesn't necessarily have to be a roland product; if anyone has had success with other brands that are compatible.
We're currently looking to upgrade from the standard software to RhinoCAM as it's affordable, easy for our modelers who are all fluent in Rhino, and can work in up to 5 axis, just not sure if the machine can.

Many thanks,
Ben

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Re: 5 axis capabilities for Roland MDX-540

Post by Patrick Thorn » Wed Jun 17, 2015 10:55 am

Hello Ben
The MDX-540 is 3 axis and with the addition of the ZCL-540 rotary axis it is a fully 4 axis machine.
The Motherboard only supports 4 axis motion, so you cannot fit a 5th axis.
Mechsoft do support the roland MDX-54 upto 4 axis with their Expert version.
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Re: 5 axis capabilities for Roland MDX-540

Post by simon » Mon Jun 22, 2015 2:05 pm

Hi Ben

I've got an MDX-40a and I was eventually think about moving to the 540

but there is a 5th axis for the 40a from
http://www.protowizard.com/video_roland.html

so I might with stay what I have if this kit is any good

Best
Simon

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Re: 5 axis capabilities for Roland MDX-540

Post by Patrick Thorn » Mon Jun 22, 2015 2:37 pm

Cutting Edge Technologies are great innovators and have customised the MDX-40 in various ways. Like making their own 5 axis and by fitting the MDX-540 ZAT toolchanger spindle to a MDX40 (which is a lot heavier than the MDX40 Spindle) made solutions that work with their software. I just want to note, that these are all their own work and not standard Roland DG additions and you cannot buy them from us at Roland. Finally an observation, their work may have been developments, as they now make their own 5 axis Jewellery mill called Merlin.
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