By DE Editors
Roland DGA Corp. and MecSoft Corp. are teaming up at SolidWorks World 2011 to demonstrate a new design-to-part workflow for applications ranging from functional and snap-fit prototypes to nonferrous metal molds and biomedical solutions.
The workflow combines VisualMILL for SolidWorks CAM software from MecSoft with Roland MDX milling machines, a solution for producing parts and prototypes from a range of non-proprietary materials including aluminum, ABS, Acetal, Nylon, acrylic, polycarbonate, wood, plaster and polystyrene.
“VisualMILL for SolidWorks is seamlessly integrated with our MDX series machines, making it easy for designers and engineers to go from SolidWorks to finished prototype,” says Pedro Gonzalez, product manager for Roland. “The combined solution delivers smooth surface finishes, high repeat accuracies and tight tolerances to exact specifications.”
The Roland MDX line of 3D milling machines includes the MDX-540, MDX-40A and MDX-15/20, complete solutions including entry level CAM software for rapid prototyping and manufacturing applications. Adding VisualMILL for SolidWorks improves on MDX technology by facilitating more efficient machining strategies and higher throughput, according to the companies.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.