Roland Desktop Mills: Preventing Spindle Overcurrent Error

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A spindle overcurrent error is a safety feature built into the Roland Desktop Mills. This feature shuts off milling operations when the stress on the spindle becomes too high, protecting the spindle from damage. The key to preventing spindle overcurrent errors is to reduce the load on the spindle during operation. There are many things that can cause extra stress on the spindle, so here I will go through some of the more common ones. Things to consider before beginning: […]

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Tips and Tricks for VX Model: Patching Holes

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Anyone familiar with 3D scanning knows that small holes in your scan are inevitable. Whether they are screw holes, pinholes, countersunk, or counterbore, you just can’t always capture the entirety of a small hole. Now, this begs the questions: “Do you just ignore them, or do you fix them?”. This depends entirely on what your scan is being used for. If you’re scanning to extract a surface from a mold design, then maybe you can just ignore those screw holes […]

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MODELA MDX-40A Desktop Milling Machine

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The MDX – 40A is an easy to use desktop milling machine. It’s compact size but spacious work area allows it to fit in most any office, lab, or classroom. Built for all levels of designer, engineers, and students, the MDX – 40A is a great fit for those that need to quickly create precise 3D models or engravings in a small work place. The MDX – 40A can mill any number of plastics, foams, and woods. Including but not […]

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MDX-540 Benchtop Milling Machine for Prototypes and Production

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  The MDX-540 from DGSHAPE by Roland is a 4-axis capable desktop CNC milling machine designed with everyone in mind, which makes it a great in office tool for all engineers, designers, and educators. It has a 19.6″(X) x 15.7″(Y) x 6.1″(Z) milling area, and can handle all production grade plastics and non-ferrous metals for production or prototype parts at production speeds. The MDX-540’s material capability covers everything from Delrin to aluminum. Even with all the capabilities of the MDX-540, it […]

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What We Learned at AMUG 2018 – Part 2

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Computer Aided Technology was lucky enough to participate and attend AMUG 2018 and learn all we could about all the additive manufacturing technologies out there. It was fun week full many different classes, events, and lectures, but my favorite event by far was “Foundry in a Box”. In “Foundry in a Box” we were able to get hands on experience with two different types of casting processes: Sand Casting and Investment Casting. For traditional sand casting, a special type of […]

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Calibrating your GO!SCAN 3D Scanner

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Due to the inevitable changing of environmental conditions, it is important to be able to optimize data acquisition by running a quick scanning calibration. It is not necessary to do before every scan, but calibration should be done on a regular basis and when the scanner is exposed to an obviously different environment than the last time it was calibrated. The GO!SCAN system is supplied with a calibrated and serialized reference artifact, also known as a calibration plate. This is […]

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Creaform 3D Scanning: The HandyPROBE

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Creaform 3D Scanning: The HandyPROBE The HandyPROBE is Creaform’s version of a portable Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) for accurately measuring parts ranging in size from .7ft to 33ft. Unlike most other portable CMMs however, the HandyPROBE uses optics rather then encoded multi jointed arms. This allows us to take very accurate and mobile point measurements with the small light weight and wireless handheld device. Measuring with the HandyPROBE is made easy thanks to Creaform’s C-Track optical tracker. C-Track Optical Tracker […]

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Creaform 3D scanning: The GO!SCAN 50

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Creaform 3D scanning: The GO!SCAN 50 The GO!SCAN 50 is Creaform’s most versatile hand-held portable 3D scanner. With hybrid positioning, professional grade measurements, and full color scanning, the GO!SCAN 50 can do it all while still bringing the easiest to use white light 3D scanning experience to users. The scanner itself weighs only 2.2 pounds and is small enough to fit into carry-on luggage. Besides the scanner, all you need is a PC or laptop for the whole scanning process. […]

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