Roland DG Corporation, famed for their wide-format inkjet printers and 3D devices, are entering the 3D printing market with their monoFab series.
The Roland DG monoFab series marks the debut of the company's first 3D additive rapid prototyping machine, the ARM-10, and it's paired with a new 3D subtractive prototyping and manufacturing machine, the SRM-20.
"The monoFab series desktop fabrication solutions are the culmination of over 25 years of experience in 3D milling and the company's first foray into 3D printing. By combining the merits of each device, users can select the best method for their workflow every step of the way, from inspiration to production," says Akio Kawai, Roland DG general manager of 3D market development. "With no limits to production methods, ideas can expand to their fullest potential and new possibilities in innovation can be realized. We hope the monoFab series tools will inspire those who wish to create the future and explore all their creative abilities."
The name monoFab itself comes from the Japanese concept Monozukuri. 'Mono' is generally thought of as representing physical objects but historically encompasses the meaning of dreams, imagination and ideas, while 'zukuri' is to produce, fabricate or create. The company adopted the term "Fab" seeking to provide a set of new creative tools based on its long-cultivated desktop fabrication concept.
"What's really important in product design is to create beautifully comfortable designs," says designer Hiroshi Yasutomi of KOTOK. "It's not really possible to share personal experiences through sketches or words alone. At times like that, the use of 3D printers or milling machines to give form to objects delivers something that can be touched by hand and truly experienced which can then be used to check user-friendliness. It's even possible to grasp structural inconsistencies at early stages that could not be seen in sketches. monoFab and its two means of expression – printing and milling – provide a powerful tool for creating personal experiences through prototyping, not only in design, but also in engineering."
Roland say the ARM-10 3D printer is ideal for quickly checking designs in the initial stage of prototyping or modeling, and it incorporates a stereolithography process with a UV-LED projection system that builds models by sequentially curing layers of resin from a liquid resin vat.
Using Roland's imageCure resin, which becomes semi-transparent when cured, post-processing procedures such as support structure removal and polishing are simplified through the adoption of a suspended build system which reduces resin consumption.
With more than 25 years of Roland DG experience in manufacturing 3D devices, the evolutionary SRM-20 desktop milling machine incorporates several innovative subtractive rapid prototyping features.
Roland says the SRM-20 provides outstanding accuracy and smooth finished surfaces with its new milling spindle, collet, circuit board and firmware. The SRM-20 delivers maximum speed and precision while retaining a compact desktop size, and the precision device can mill a variety of non-proprietary materials typically used for prototyping, including modeling board, acrylic, ABS, wood and modeling wax. The SRM-20 also features an interlocked full cover to prevent dust from escaping during milling operations.
Both the ARM-10 and SRM-20 come with a 1-year RolandCare warranty.
The company says their machines are also becoming standard in industrial arts, for crafting jewelry and accessories, and in the healthcare field to create dental prosthetics and other medical applications.