Roland Desktop Mill Helps Create Model of Huge Residential Development

LAKE FOREST, CA November 26, 2007 Using a Roland MDX-540 desktop mill, Gemmiti Model Art™ just completed a detailed, to-scale model of a new 711-acre urban village located in the heart of Austin, TX. The new community will become home to 10,000 residents and 10,000 jobs, more than 1,000 units of affordable housing, and a Town Center.

Gemmiti Model Art's model brings the entire project to life, making it easy for potential buyers to visualize their new home. The model includes everything from homes and parks to businesses and public transportation. Everything was milled to-scale (1 inch = 80 feet).

At 960 times smaller than the real thing, this mini community required the latest CAD/CAM technology. Gemmiti selected the Roland for its ability to produce models with ultra tight dimensional accuracies.

"These models required crisp, square corners and edges," said David Dymesich, Gemmiti Model Art model maker. "While the Dimension (3D printer) is a great machine, it is not able to produce the high resolution this project demanded. The MDX-540 is better at producing the accuracy and crisp detail we needed to create these architectural models to scale."

"This model shows every architectural feature," said Emily Liechty, Gemmiti Model Art marketing manager. "The amazing thing is that a machine milled almost every piece."

MDX-540 Desktop Mill
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 perform better in structural, thermal, and electrical testing. Plus, MDX-540 materials meet a host of FDA and other government regulations that additive systems cannot.

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 SRP (Subtractive Rapid Prototyping) applications.

The MDX-540 comes complete with SRP Player. The CAM software automates the prototyping process and generates tool paths with high speed and precision. The user-friendly, wizard-based program offers uniform 3D scaling, support for 4-axis milling and simulation of finished 3D parts. The end result is faster model production, tighter dimensional accuracies and a smooth surface finish.

Gemmiti Model Art
Gemmiti Model Art designs and constructs physical scale models of many different types, all for the purpose of communicating a 3-dimmensional concept to win approvals and design competition, demonstrate a complex technical process, pre-sell and lease property, and tell a story in courtroom. For more information, visit the Web site at

Roland Advanced Solutions Division
Roland ASD develops advanced solutions for the sign making, engraving, jewelry design and CAD/CAM industries. Major products include GX series vinyl cutters, EGX series engravers, MDX series milling machines, LPX series 3D laser scanners, and the MPX series photo impact printer. The strategic business unit is a division of Roland DGA Corporation - an industry leader in wide-format printing and integrated print/cut technology. Roland ASD serves customers throughout North and South America with cutting-edge technologies and skilled dealers. For more information, call (888) 273-8895 or visit the Web site at

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Review Article
  • October 09, 2008
    Reviewed by 'RP Expert'
    Milling machines, CNC machines, Subtractive Rapid Prototypers - What ever you want to call them make better parts than layer by layer additive machines.
    1. No proprietary materials.
    2. Real ABS, Delrin, what ever material you can find you can mill!
    3. Better precision.
    4. Better surface finish.
    5. Lower machine cost.
    Must I go on and on!
    Don't get fooled by the RP bigots!

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