High-Performance Prototyping

A world of 3D milling possibilities.

MDX-540 product shot
MDX-540 Rotary


Automatic 3D Milling

MDX-540 3D milling machines are some of the fastest, most accurate, and accessible devices on the market, ideal for producing everything from functional and snap-fit parts and prototypes to light metal molds and custom jewelry. Available in standard and enhanced models, MDX-540 benchtop milling machines offer advanced CNC milling at an affordable price.


Vertical Machining on a Benchtop

Don't Be Limited by Materials

As a subtractive instead of an additive 3D machine, the MDX-540 Rapid Prototype Machine supports a variety of non-proprietary materials that include ABS, nylon, hardwood, plywood, FDA approved resins, non-ferrous metals and much more. The following items are just some of the prototypes and applications that are possible with this versatile device:

  • Snap-fit parts
  • Molds for casting
  • Toys and games
  • Product prototypes jewelry and accessories
  • Furnishings and decorations
  • Electrical parts and casings
  • Relief signs and graphics
MDX-540 Application Samples

Make Prototypes with Fit and Function

The MDX-540 Rapid Prototype Machine can be used to produce functional prototypes and proof of concept testing for industrial and commercial release, such as thermal and structural trials. Used extensively by engineers, the MDX-540 is ideal for creating aluminum, brass and copper molds for rapid injection molding and EDM electrodes for production tooling. Plus, MDX-540 parts meet a host of FDA and other government regulations.

MDX-540 Smooth Prototype

SRP Player CAM Software

Designed for use by design professionals as well as students and novices SRP Player allows MDX users to simply open a 3D file, click through the step-by-step interface, then hit the “print” button to send designs to the MDX-540. SRP Player automates the prototyping process and generates tool paths with high speed and precision, also offering 3D scaling, support for 4-axis milling and simulation of finished 3D parts.


G-Code Support

The MDX-540 also supports G-code NC programming language, making it well suited for both professional and educational applications.


Mill Fast and Smooth for Minimal Finishing

MDX-540 devices use high-speed, high-precision 400W spindles that decrease vibration within the unit and produce accurate prototypes for complex fits. With ISO15448 standard collets, the MDX-540 mills' smooth surfaces that require little to no post finishing work.

MDX-540 Smooth Finish

Stay In-Control with a Hand-Held Controller and Virtual Control Panel

The Handy Panel hand-held controller can be extended from the MDX, allowing you to control the machine from a distance, while the Virtual Control Panel lets you control the MDX-540 directly from your PC. Both options simplify setup and operation by allowing you to change spindle speed and select other options from a convenient location.

MDX-540 Handy Panel Controller

Your Machine, Your Configuration

The MDX-540 gives you the freedom to configure your system exactly the way you want with additional safety covers and a range of collets to work with industry standard tooling. Additions include a time and error-saving Rotary Axis to allow users to rotate an object until all four sides have been milled, and an Automatic Tool Changer that changes up to four preset tools of different sizes with an air-activated, high-precision spindle.

MDX-540 Rotary
Usable Materials

Plastic, resin, wood, and non-ferrous metals.

XYZ-Axis Travel

19.6 (X) x 15.7 (Y) x 6.1" (Z) [500 (X) x 400 (Y) x 155 mm (Z)]

Loadable workpiece size with optional rotary axis (ZCL-540) *

7.0” Diameter x 14.6” Length [177.8mm Diameter x 370.8mm Length]  Actual milling area is smaller

Distance From Spindle Nose to Table

Maximum 10" (254mm)

Table Size

21.7(W) x 16.5"(D) [550(W) x 420mm (D)]

Loadable workpiece weight

At acceleration of 0.2G: maximum 26lb (12kg), 0.1G: 44lb (20kg), 0.05G: 44lb (20kg)

XYZ-axis drive system

AC Servo Motor, 60W

Operating speed

Maximum 295ipm (7.5m/min)


0.2G, 0.1G, 0.05G

Software resolution

RML-1 mode: 0.0004"(0.01mm ), NC-code mode: 0.00004" (0.001mm)

Mechanical resolution

0.00004” (0.001mm)

Positioning accuracy

+/-0.004"/12"(+/-0.1mm/300mm), under no-load conditions

Repeat accuracy

+/-0.0019"(+/-0.05mm), under no-load conditions

Origin reproducibility (when the power is switched on/off)

+/-0.0019" (+/-0.05mm)

Spindle motor

DC Brushless Motor, Maximum: 400W

Spindle speed

400 to 12,000 rpm; 400 to 3,000 rpm for positioning and centering

Tool chuck

Collet Method, Maximum Tool Diameter: 0.4" (10mm)

Control command sets

RML-1 and NC codes


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: 7A (100 to 120V)/4A (220 to 240V)

Power consumption

Approx. 700W

Acoustic noise level

During Operation (no cutting): 65dB (A) or less, During Standby: 40dB (A) or less (according to ISO 7779)


Width x Depth x Height: 29.3 x 37.6 x 33.8" (745 x 955 x 858mm)


225lb (102kg)

Operating temperature

41 to 104F (5 to 40C)

Operating humidity

35 to 80% (no condensation)

Included items

Handy panel, power cord, tool sensor, sensor cable, nut, nut wrench, wrench, hexagonal wrenches, 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

Other Necessary Equipment

Before you buy, you'll need a few things.

Compressed Air Supply Source (Compressor)

Compressed air is necessary for this machine if you purchase the ZAT-540 Automatic Tool Changer. You also need to prepare an air hose to connect the compressor with the regulator.

Make sure to get a compressor that meets the following conditions:

  • Control Pressure: Between 0.7 and 1.0 MPa
  • Air Capacity: 50 L/min or more (for one machine)
  • Oil-Free Type: (To prevent contamination of the compressed air by foreign material.)
  • Dryer-Equipped: (To prevent moist air that can cause rust.)
  • Air Hose: (1) connects the compressor to the regulator.

The air hose must meet the following conditions:

  • Hose Outer Diameter: 10 mm (polyurethane resin tube)

For more information, contact an authorized DGSHAPE Distributor near you. 

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