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Roland DG Corporation announced that it has decided to transfer its 3D business, consisting of the development and sales of 3D milling machines, 3D printers, engraving machines and photo impact printers, to a newly-established, wholly-owned subsidiary, DGSHAPE Corporation, which starts operation on April 3, 2017.

In 2010, Roland DG leveraged its 3D milling technology to introduce the DWX series dental milling machines used for fabricating dental prostheses such as crowns, copings and bridges. The DWX series soon gained recognition among dental labs worldwide for their precision, user-friendliness, robust reliability and open system. Today, the DWX series has become a major growth engine for Roland DG’s 3D business, accounting for 60% of sales in that segment.

Widely known for market leadership in wide-format inkjet printers and faced with significant changes throughout its 3D product portfolio, Roland DG determined that the best approach for increasing visibility for its growing 3D business would be to spin it off as an autonomous company. DGSHAPE will provide further value throughout the dental market by developing marketing channels with dedicated sales and marketing teams, bringing fresh technical innovation to digital fabrication tools, and developing solutions based on the open system concept.

In addition to the dental industry, DGSHAPE will explore business opportunities in the medical field with a medical instrument traceability and maintenance support system. DGSHAPE intends to look for further possibilities in the healthcare field in the future by integrating the skills and know-how cultivated through its efforts in the dental and medical fields. DGSHAPE will also continue to provide innovative 3D products and solutions for the prototyping, education, personalization, fabrication and hobby fields, as well as evolve the existing business for 3D digital fabrication tools to be a strategic platform for generating new products and businesses. For now, sales, service and support for DGSHAPE will continue to be handled by Roland DG.

According to Kohei Tanabe, Executive Officer and General Manager of DGSHAPE Market Development Department for Roland DG who will become Representative Director, President and CEO of DGSHAPE in March, 2017, the mission of DGSHAPE Corporation is to harness the 3D digital fabrication technologies and expertise that Roland DG has developed over more than three decades as well as its proprietary digital cell production system and global customer service and support system in order to provide advanced digital manufacturing/fabrication solutions. “DGSHAPE intends to deliver a greater level of added value that advances a new age of digital fabrication by not only developing innovative hardware and software,” Tanabe said, “but by providing more efficient production workflows, enhanced service and support including consulting, and an open innovation environment that can generate a thriving business through exploiting next-generation technologies such as Cloud, IoT, AI and robotics.”

Three decades following the release of Roland DG’s first personal 3D milling machine, the concept of desktop fabrication continues to generate growing interest. The growth of the internet and social media, the availability of smart devices and personal-use 3D printers, and the increase in the number of public workshops including Fab Labs and manufacturer studios has expanded the horizons of digital creation amongst a vast number of hobbyists, entrepreneurs and “Makers” globally. Now that fabrication is no longer confined to product research and design engineers and specialists in manufacturing companies, a cultural revolution is taking place that has the potential to create new, innovative applications from the collective knowledge and ideas of vast numbers of people around the world.

With such significant advances occurring globally throughout various digital fabrication fields, DGSHAPE will focus its research and development at providing even further innovation and value to customer fabrication efforts. While maintaining its position in its core markets, DGSHAPE will also focus on harnessing next-generation technologies like IoT, AI and robotics to develop solutions suited to a new era of creativity and fabrication. Just as Roland DG previously identified and generated new business growth from its 3D digital fabrication technologies, DGSHAPE will also strive to identify the seeds of new businesses opportunities for future growth.

Roland DGA Corporation announced the launch of the MODELA MDX-50 Benchtop CNC Mill. Offered as a complete system, the MDX-50 comes with easy-to-use CAM software and features a number of enhancements over Roland’s popular MDX-40A mill, including a larger workspace, an automatic tool changer (ATC), and faster milling speed.

“The MDX-50 takes desktop digital milling to the next level, incorporating advanced capabilities that increase overall performance and open up new creative opportunities for users,” said Matt Anderson, Roland DGA’s Product Manager, 3D Solutions. “That makes this innovative, value-packed machine ideal for handling a wide range of applications within both professional product design and educational settings.”

Since introducing the world’s first desktop mill in 1986, Roland has focused on producing 3D milling machines that are compact, easy to use and affordable. The company’s MDX series mills have proven popular among engineers, product designers and STEM educators for everything from hobbyist projects, one-off prototypes and engineering samples to short-run manufacturing. MDX mills, including the new MDX-50, also allow users to work with a wide range of resins and woods, such as ABS, POM, nylon, plastic foam, modeling wax, chemical wood, hard wood, and more.

The MDX-50 boasts many of the same features that make the MDX-40A so popular, plus a number of improvements that allow for greater productivity and an easier, safer user experience. The machining area has been enlarged 60 percent to accommodate larger models and mill multiple objects simultaneously. It’s also equipped with a standard Automatic Tool Changer (ATC) that further enhances productivity by reducing the time and effort required to replace tools. An optional rotary axis unit can rotate work materials 360 degrees for milling cylindrical objects and automating the fabrication of two-sided, four-sided and custom-angled items. Together, these advanced features ensure trouble-free, uninterrupted production.

With the increasing number of students and individuals undertaking fabrication for the first time, Roland has equipped the MDX-50 with features that ensure both simple operation and optimum safety. An integrated control panel has been added to the front panel of the MDX-50, allowing spindle rotation and milling speed to be controlled while monitoring machining conditions. The on-screen, computer operated “VPanel” provides machine monitoring capability, sends emails when machining work is complete or if intervention is required, and records tool usage time and replacement intervals, all of which helps manage workflow. The MDX-50 also comes bundled with powerful yet user-friendly SRP Player CAM software. Machining conditions can be configured in just five intuitive steps, making production easy, even for first-time users. A full cover prevents waste from scattering, while an integrated chip collection tray collects dust and debris.

Anderson is quick to point out the role a high quality 3D mill can play in addressing increased R&D department demand for shorter prototyping and design schedules. “An advanced milling machine like the MDX-50 is the perfect complement to a 3D printer within a design department,” he said. “While 3D printers are great, often times, only a 3D mill will allow you to use materials that are similar to the final product for proof of concept prototyping. As a manufacturer of both precision 3D printers and 3D milling machines, Roland is committed to making devices that maximize the digital fabrication options for all users.”

Monday, 22 August 2016 13:01

Roland DGA Appoints Andrew Oransky President

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Roland DGA announced that Andrew Oransky has been appointed the company’s new president. Oransky previously served as Roland DGA’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and prior to that was Director of Marketing and Product Management for the Irvine, California based company.

“All of us at Roland have great confidence in Andrew’s knowledge across our multiple industries and business operations, as well as his excellent leadership abilities,” said David Goward, CEO of Roland DGA and Executive Vice President, Director of Roland DG. “With his guidance, we expect Roland DGA to experience continued growth and success in the years to come.”

Oransky assumes the presidency during an exciting time for Roland DGA. This year, the company launched its most advanced wide-format inkjet printers date, as well as new dental milling technology, and has plans to unveil additional cutting-edge products in the coming months.

Roland DGA has announced the availability of new PRF35-ST resin for use with its advanced monoFab ARM-10 3D printer. After curing, PRF35-ST delivers parts and prototypes with a better grip and greater elasticity than the company’s existing PRH35-ST (a standard hard resin), opening up new creative opportunities for ARM-10 users.

The addition of PRF35-ST to the Roland 3D product lineup enables engineers, product designers, educators, and hobbyists to easily produce flexible parts, such as grips, seals, gaskets and buttons, with the ARM-10 rapid prototyping 3D printer. Parts made with PRF35ST resin can be used independently, or in combination with more rigid parts created with PRH35-ST.

“This new flexible type resin further enhances the ARM-10 3D printer’s ability to turn ideas into reality,” said Will Seith, Roland DGA’s product manager, 3D solutions. “It allows the user to make models and prototypes that not only look real, but feel real as well.”

Roland’s ARM-10 is an advanced, precise and user-friendly 3D printer incorporating an innovative layered projection system that enables users to build complex parts and prototypes quickly and easily. Its suspended build system also keeps resin use to a minimum, making model production efficient and cost effective.

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Roland DG Corporation, a manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and 3D devices, announced its participation as one of the key sponsors of Fab11, the 11th annual meeting of the global Fab Lab community, to take place Aug. 3-9, 2015 at MIT in Boston.  The event is expected to attract hundreds of attendees from around the world to the MIT campus, the birthplace of the Fab Lab concept, for hands-on workshops, a symposium, project demonstrations and a youth track, followed by a free weekend Fab Festival, open to the public, hosted by the cities of Boston, Cambridge and Somerville.

Created by the Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Fab Labs allow anyone – from students and hobbyists to entrepreneurs – to turn their ideas into reality. Under the theme “The Possibilities Are Endless,” Roland DG will supply a wide range of its digital products for demonstration and use by Fab11 attendees, including 3D milling machines, a 3D printer, vinyl cutters, wide-format inkjet printers and UV benchtop flatbed printers. Roland DG will also present a workshop titled “Customization of Fab Modules with the Roland DG SRM-20 CNC Machine” which will include a demonstration of a hacked SRM-20 mill and discuss the possibilities of open source hardware and software and their importance for the future of digital fabrication.

“We are pleased to sponsor this global Fab Lab event again,” said Masahiro Tomioka, Chairman and President of Roland DG Corporation. “We share the same commitment to education and to expanding the possibilities of digital fabrication to unleash the imagination and creativity of people everywhere. We are very excited,” continued Tomioka, “to see the results of everyone’s ideas for improving our daily lives, our cities and the environment, as well as their concepts for helping to solve the global challenges we all face.”

Hosted by FAB FOUNDATION, Fab11 will explore how the ability to “Make (almost) Anything” is impacting individuals, communities, businesses and collaborative research and projects around the world.  As a desktop fabrication pioneer for over 30 years, Roland DG cutters and milling machines have been recommended as tools for Fab Labs around the world since their origin in 2002. Combining the latest digital technology with desktop-size, ease of use and affordable prices, Roland DG’s digital devices allow individuals from a wide variety of fields, including product designers, engineers, graphic designers, decorators, students, Makers and hobbyists, to bring their ideas to life.

A Fab Lab is an open workshop offering digital fabrication as well as analog tools with the aim to make “almost anything.” The concept was originally proposed by Professor Neil Gershenfeld, the Director of the Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Currently, there are over 450 Fab Labs in over 55 countries, which under the three concepts MAKE, LEARN, SHARE, support Personal Fabrication, giving people the unprecedented ability to design and then produce their own customized products. Each local Fab Lab is connected to a network of Fab Labs around the world in order to freely share information, brainstorm ideas, and collaborate on solving problems and accomplishing projects. The Fab Lab Conference takes place once a year in a different city around the world, and serves as a forum to gather Fab Lab managers, core members and practitioners from the global Fab Lab network and beyond.

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Roland DGA Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and 3D devices, announced the release of the monoFab™ series, including the company’s first additive 3D printer, the ARM-10, and a new compact 3D subtractive milling machine, the SRM-20.

“The monoFab series desktop fabrication tools are the culmination of over 25 years of experience in 3D milling,” said Rachel Hammer, 3D product manager for Roland DGA. “By combining the capabilities of these advanced rapid prototyping machines, users can select the best method for their workflow, from concept to production. Now, designers have greater opportunities to turn their ideas into reality.”

The ARM-10 3D printer is ideal for validating a design in the initial stages of prototyping or modeling a complex shape. Incorporating a Digital Light Processing (DLP) layered projection system, this rapid prototyping 3D printer builds models by sequentially curing layers of resin from a resin tray. Simultaneous production of multiple objects can be accomplished within the same work area to reduce modeling time. The suspended build system also minimizes resin usage. Roland’s imageCure™ resin becomes semi-transparent when cured, and post-processing procedures like support removal and polishing are simple to do. The included monoFab Player AM software supports 3D printing from STL files and features automatic functions such as healing that fills in any gaps in 3D data, simplifies meshes and generates supports.

Based on more than 25 years of Roland innovations in manufacturing CNC machines, the SRM-20 desktop mill incorporates the latest subtractive rapid prototyping technologies. With its new milling spindle, independent collet, circuit board and firmware, the SRM-20 delivers speed, precision and ease of use in a compact desktop size. The SRM-20 can mill a variety of non-proprietary materials typically used for prototyping, including acrylic, ABS, wood and modeling wax, making it possible to check the feel and weight of materials that are similar or the same as final deliverables. An interlocked cover prevents dust from escaping during milling for a safe, clean and quiet environment. A full suite of software is included for out-of-the-box productivity.

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Roland DG employees, affiliates, customers and friends from all over the world gathered last week at the company’s headquarters in Hamamatsu, Japan to celebrate three decades of Roland innovation and creativity.

The week-long 30th anniversary event included a day of fun and festivities at the company’s headquarters, followed by tours of Tokyo and Kyoto.  Throughout the event, all eyes were on the 16 attending regional finalists in the company’s recent Roland Creative Awards international contest, whose work was recognized as the world’s most creative and innovative from 1,193 contest entries.

The highlight of the celebration came Tuesday evening when Roland DG President Masahiro Tomioka awarded the contest’s grand prize to the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts in North Eastern China.  Accepting the award were Du Haibin and Jiao Hongwei, industrial design professors at the university. As the grand prize, Haibin and Hongwei have selected a Roland EGX-360 gift engraver for the university.

“Our entry, a scale model tunneling machine, was part of a transportation-themed project that teaches students how to transform a 2D design into a 3D prototype,” Haibin said.  “Winning the Roland award is important to our school as it provides visibility to our efforts and assists us in attaining funding for future projects.”

The elaborate winning prototype was produced on a Roland MDX-540 milling machine and is comprised of several sections that were each milled separately from a variety of materials.  Along its surface are many intricate contours, textures and details made possible by the precision of Roland subtractive rapid prototyping technology.

More than 75 prizes were awarded throughout the contest, which ran from Sept. 2011 to Jan. 2012.  In addition to being a showcase of creativity, the contest illustrated the breadth of Roland’s technological achievements, developed and advanced over the past 30 years.

“It is a privilege to be part of such a dynamic, accomplished organization and to be here among friends and colleagues for this very special event,” Tomioka said.  “When I look back at the company’s origins, it’s hard to imagine how far we have come and how many lives we have touched.  The tremendous work of our customers on display through the Roland Creative Awards really says it all.  When you empower creative professionals with innovative tools and technologies, the possibilities are endless.  To that end, we will continue to pursue excellence, and we look forward to inspiring our customers’ creativity in the future.”

The Roland Creative Awards invited Roland businesses from more than 120 countries worldwide to submit their best work as produced on the company’s wide-format inkjet printers, vinyl cutters, engravers, 3D milling machines and other production tools. Entries spanned industries and applications, and included everything from signage, banners and vehicle wraps to personalized accessories, jewelry designs, decorated apparel and even tattoo art.

The entire gallery of entries can be viewed online at:

Roland DG Corporation, a leading worldwide provider of 3D milling, engraving and direct part marking technologies, today introduced the new METAZA MPX-90M, a desktop impact printer designed to permanently mark UDI (Unique Device Identification) barcodes on medical instruments for tracking and traceability. Incorporating 30 years of Roland's proven technology, the MPX-90M quickly creates two-dimensional (2D) DataMatrix barcodes that meet GS1 standards, and imprints them on the surface of medical instruments with high speed and precision. MPX-90M barcodes can be read with commercially available barcode scanners*2 to trace and track the usage of medical instruments throughout their lifecycle.

"To protect the safety of patients, medical professionals need a reliable way to trace and track the usage of instruments such as scalpels, tweezers and forceps," said Y. Yazawa, Roland DG 3D product manager. "The new MPX-90M has been exclusively designed for this application, marking tools and devices with lasting barcodes, serial numbers and other information. Among the industry's most precise direct part marking tools, the MPX-90M creates 2D DataMatrix barcodes as small as one square millimeter."

The MPX-90M imprints data on a wide variety of materials without generating any odor or debris. Because it does not burn or remove materials, marked surfaces remain protected from corrosion. With the MPX-90M, no special training is required. The included vise makes it easy to secure an item and a built-in laser pointer pinpoints the exact area to be marked. Its compact footprint and energy efficiency make the MPX-90M ideal for small office settings, as well as medical-instrument manufacturers and suppliers.

METAZA MPX-90M Features:

-Durable diamond-tipped stylus directly imprints on titanium, stainless steel and other hard metals*3
-Quickly imprints 26 digits of information inside an area as small as one square millimeter
-Clean, high-speed precision marking does not burn or remove material on impact
-Operation is free of odors and debris
-Marked area will not rust
-Includes GS1 standard 2D DataMatrix barcode software
-Imports CSV spreadsheet files for variable data printing which allows for serialization of barcodes
-Imprints logos, text and graphics in jpg or bmp file formats to incorporate branding elements and other customized data
-Easy to setup and use with the included vise and built-in laser pointer and no special training or daily maintenance required
-Compact footprint and energy efficient design make it ideal for small office settings, as well as medical instrument manufacturers and suppliers
-The built-in laser pointer is safe to use, with a fully enclosed, class 1 laser

Included METAZA Studio Software Generates UDI Numbers

The MPX-90M comes with METAZA Studio software, which includes a 2D DataMatrix barcode feature. To create a unique barcode, simply select the barcode icon from the software's main screen and enter the appropriate UDI numbers. The software does the rest, creating a 2D DataMatrix barcode that can be output on the MPX-90M. METAZAStudio also imports CSV spreadsheet files for variable data printing to add 2D DataMatrix barcodes with a series of numbers and text. METAZAStudio also imprints logos and graphics in jpg, bmp or Adobe Illustrator 8 (ai/eps) file formats to incorporate branding elements.

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Thursday, 09 February 2012 12:39

Roland’s New 3D Hobby Milling Machine

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Roland DGA Corp. has introduced the iModela hobby milling machine, providing hobbyists with easy and affordable access to 3D milling technology.

“iModela is a completely new concept – a digital hobby mill designed to support a range of unique creative pursuits, from miniatures and model railroading to jewelry design and craft projects,” said Brian Brooks, product manager for Roland DGA Corp. “The applications for this innovative technology are endless, and we can’t wait to see what our customers will produce with it.”

With iModela, 3D modelers and hobby enthusiasts can easily and accurately create and embellish a wide range of projects by producing 3D shapes, reliefs, textures and patterns from modeling wax, foam, balsa wood and plastic materials. With a milling area of 3.39 inches wide by 2.17 inches in length and 1.02 inches in height, iModela is the perfect tool for small-scale creative projects.

Based on 25 years of proven Roland milling technology, iModela is a complete solution, with a cutting tool, sample materials and software.  To build on this starter kit, Roland offers a variety of optional tools and materials that can be purchased conveniently online. Designed for ease of use, iModela comes equipped with a virtual panel that allows users to operate the machine right from a personal computer.

iModela “iCreate” Community

To help iModela artists further their creative goals, Roland has established an online iModela community at:  The site serves as a collaborative forum for sharing design ideas, production workflows and technical tips.  In addition, users can download free software and sample projects for production on iModela.

Priced at $899, iModela can be purchased online at, and is available for delivery anywhere throughout North and South America (except Brazil).

Roland customers worldwide now have until January 29, 2012, to showcase their best work and compete for thousands in prizes, including a trip to Japan and the Roland device of their choice. The deadline to enter the ROLAND CREATIVE AWARDS has been extended in response to the popularity of the contest, which has received more than 570 entries since its launch on September 21, 2011.

"This contest has truly been one of the highlights of the year for us," said Kazu Muramatsu, senior manager of Product Marketing Dept. "We are getting such a wide variety of entries, from wall murals to vehicle wraps and 3D modelings, and each entry is so imaginative. We invite everyone to visit the site and vote for their favorites."

Celebrating the company's worldwide 30th anniversary, the ROLAND CREATIVE AWARDS are open to users of Roland equipment across the globe. Entries will be judged based on Creativity, Innovation and Execution in each of 14 regions representing 123 countries. More than 75 prizes are being awarded worldwide, including:

•     Monthly People's Choice Awards — This award recognizes one top entry per region each month, as voted by site visitors.
•     Honourable Mention Awards — Honourable Mention will be named in each region with prizes varying by region.
•     Regional Winner — Regional winners will receive a trip to Japan to celebrate 30 years with Roland DG and compete for the Worldwide Grand Prize in April 2012.
•     Worldwide Grand Prize — The contest's top entrant worldwide will win a Roland machine of his or her choice: a VS-420 VersaCAMM VS series 42"printer/cutter, an EGX-360 gift engraver, a JWX-30 jewelry model maker or an MDX-40A milling machine.

Judging for the worldwide competition will take place during Roland's 30th Anniversary Celebration, to be held in April 2012 at the company's global headquarters in Hamamatsu, Japan.

To participate in the ROLAND CREATIVE AWARDS, Roland customers must submit entries online by January 29, 2012.

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Roland DG Corporation, a leading worldwide provider of 3D milling and engraving technologies, today introduced the new iModela iM-01. Incorporating 25 years of Roland’s proven 3D milling technology, the iModela is an inexpensive, easy-to-use desktop device that mills wax, foam, balsa wood and plastic materials commonly used in craft and hobby projects.

“Digital devices have transformed the way we do so many things, and continue to play an important role in the lives of people everywhere,” said Midori Sugiyama, Roland DG product manager. “With iModela, artists around the world can bring their most innovative design ideas to life, adding dimension and style to creative projects, whether or not they have any previous experience with 3D technologies. iModela makes it easy to create a physical model from an artist’s 3D rendering, using powerful 3D modeling technology to sculpt shapes, drill holes, create reliefs, smooth surfaces and engrave designs. With iModela, 3D modelers and hobbyists can affordably produce even the most complex designs with precision.”

iModela Creator Design Software Included

With the iModela Creator design software, iModela is a complete system for producing a wide range of items, from charms, pendants and key chains to small figurines and accessories for doll houses and model train sets.

iModela Creator allows users to create and mill shapes, holes, textures and patterns with precision right out of the box. Free-hand drawing tools are available so users can sketch out more complex ideas. With iModela Creator, users can either download a file or create original 3D models and designs right on a personal computer. Intuitive menus and icons make design and production easy, even for novice users. Once the milling material is loaded, the iModela produces the design in precise detail.

Roland iModela iM-01 Features:

• Precisely mills 3D shapes, patterns and designs out of foam, wax, balsa wood and plastic
• iModela Creator, Roland’s 3D design software, is included, allowing users to accurately mill shapes, holes, textures and patterns right out of the box
• Affordable, easy-to-use platform for exploring creativity
• Easy to setup and operate, with just a power switch, simple LED display and external control panel for adjusting computer settings
• Compact, desktop device stores in a dedicated carrying case and travels easily
• A specially designed spindle motor unit supports a variety of milling tools commonly available at model shops and do-it-yourself (DIY) retailers
• iModela artists can share projects and learn from others around the world by joining the online community

Exclusive iModela Online Community

To help iModela artists further their creative goals, iModela has its own dedicated website, In addition to complete information on the product, the site discusses design ideas, production workflows and maintenance tips, and also offers free project samples which can be downloaded for production on iModela. Direct links to Facebook, YouTube and Twitter allow iModela users to share projects and techniques with each other. The site also features a wide range of optional materials and supplies as well as the iModela unit, which can be purchased conveniently online.

To celebrate the company’s 30th anniversary, Roland DG is inviting customers worldwide to participate in its first ever global awards contest.

“We owe our success to our loyal customers and are excited about the opportunity to share their creative achievements with the world through the Roland DG Creative Awards,” said Kevin Shigenoya, executive officer and general manager, Roland DG Product Marketing Department. “Thirty years is a true milestone and during this time our customers have produced some amazing creative work.”

The 2011 ROLAND CREATIVE AWARDS are open from September 21, 2011 through December 31, 2011 to users of Roland equipment across the globe. All entries will be showcased live online, where anyone, Roland user or not, can participate by voting for their favourite entry to determine the monthly People’s Choice winner. For the major prizes, official judges will select winners based on Creativity, Innovation and Execution in each of the 14 regions, representing 123 countries worldwide. Prizes awarded include:

•Monthly People’s Choice Awards – One top entry per region will be selected each month (September/October, November and December), with prizes varying by region.

•Honourable Mention Awards – Two honourable mention winners will be named in each region with prizes varying by region.

•Regional Winner: One regional winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip for 2 to Japan*2 to celebrate 30 years with Roland DG and compete for the global grand prize in April 2012.

•Worldwide Grand Prize – The contest’s top entrant worldwide will win his or her choice of a Roland machine -- a VersaCAMM VS series 42”printer/cutter, an EGX-360 gift engraver, a JWX-30 jewelry model maker or an MDX-40A milling machine.*3

To participate in the ROLAND CREATIVE AWARDS, Roland customers must submit entries online by December 31, 2011. For more information visit:

The world of manufacturing is changing dramatically as advanced technologies continue to facilitate “better, faster and cheaper” product design and development processes.  Roland DGA’s white paper looks closely at various strategies and technologies embraced by market leaders today to advance their product design and manufacturing processes.

“Two shifts in the world of manufacturing are changing the way products are designed and produced,” said Elizabeth Goode, president of GoodeInk, a recognized industry expert and co-author of the white paper.  “The first shift is on the economic front.  Rising outsourcing costs are prompting companies to re-establish co-located project teams and migrate these resources back in house, closer to consumption.  The second shift is caused by a growing field of individual entrepreneurs and small businesses entering the manufacturing industry, what is being called the ‘new industrial revolution.’  These organizations are set up for on-demand production, and are bringing new products to market faster than ever before.  Together, these dynamics are fueling the demand for in-house design and manufacturing tools, and the technologies that best facilitate this transformation.”

Building on this discussion, the white paper offers a comparison of the industry’s most advanced additive and subtractive rapid prototyping technologies, detailing the benefits and limitations of each.  While the market share for additive technologies has grown recently, the industry is also seeing a movement toward subtractive technologies, such as Roland’s MDX series of benchtop CNC milling machines.  Subtractive systems can provide a complementary solution to additive systems in several key areas, providing superior ease of use, greater material flexibility, higher dimensional accuracy, smoother surface finishes, and more accurate simulation of actual manufacturing processes.  

“Through subtractive rapid prototyping, companies can quickly and easily confirm the form, fit and functionality of their product designs and perfect them before manufacturing begins,” said Andrew Oransky, director of marketing and product management for Roland.  “So, having a highly flexible, precise prototyping solution can be a significant competitive advantage.”

The white paper also looks at the business of Questa Design Ltd., a design, engineering and manufacturing firm located in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada.  Questa uses the Roland MDX 3-D milling machine to create prototypes and parts, ranging from scientific instrumentation to heat sinks and broadcast video assemblies, for clients across the medical, broadcast, automotive and consumer electronics industries.

In particular, Questa officials cite the versatility of the MDX as one of its most important capabilities, stating that no other rapid prototyping process allows them to use such a wide variety of production materials, including ABS, polypropylene and aluminum.   

According to Aki Hirano, vice president of Questa, “For our firm, rapid prototyping is really rapid manufacturing (RM) or digital product manufacturing (DPM), since our clients expect the prototype to function exactly as the finished product would."

“That is the goal for today’s manufacturers,” Goode said.  “It is no longer enough for a prototype to just simulate the manufactured product.  Very often, only an exact match will do, and the technologies that achieve this level of precision will thrive in the future.”

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Roland DGA Corp. has introduced Version 3.0 of the company’s JewelStudio design software, a powerful 3D CAD/CAM program specifically developed for jewelry designers and goldsmiths.

JewelStudio design software is included with Roland’s JWX-30 jewelry wax model maker, a precision four-axis milling machine that allows jewelers to quickly and easily transform their designs into intricate wax models of rings, pendants, earrings and other jewelry items.

As the company’s most powerful jewelry CAD/CAM software to date, JewelStudio 3.0 is enhanced with 19 new features, including new parametric editing capabilities that open up new creative avenues for designers. With the release of Version 3.0, current JWX-30 owners can upgrade their software free of charge at

“We are pleased to offer this powerful software solution, absolutely free, to all JWX designers, giving our customers a complete, highly precise design-to-model solution,” said Hiroshi Ono, group product manager for Roland.  “With JewelStudio 3.0, JWX owners will experience greater creative flexibility and efficiency for modeling even the most complex jewelry designs.”

JewelStudio design software allows users to both digitize hand-drawn sketches and quickly create their own designs right in the software program, guided by intuitive, step-by-step instructions.  Featuring an extensive library of gem shapes, sizes and types, JewelStudio makes it easy to resize jewelry or alter designs for review at any angle. JewelStudio automates many manual tasks such as replicating left and right earrings, and reducing model weight to meet client demands.

With the introduction of Version 3.0, users can now draw complicated curves with ease, change the parameters of fonts, and create and place both raised text and gems of varying sizes on a single two- or three-dimensional curved line.  Rendering capabilities have been enhanced as well, with the addition of more than 200 types of materials and 41 textures that are easy to incorporate into designs.  New advanced reporting functions calculate material costs and production time frames for accurate job estimating.

JWX-30 Desktop Mill
Based on 20 years of proven Roland 3D milling technology, the JWX-30 features a powerful 30,000 rpm spindle and 100W DC brushless motor for high-speed, automated production. The JWX-30 generates fine precision up to 0.00125 mm/step to reproduce every subtlety of the original jewelry design and comes with a unique double-edged cutting tool that yields exceptional detail.  Compact and fully enclosed for a safe, quiet operation, the JWX-30 supports a maximum work area 305mm x 205mm x 100mm.

For more information on the JWX-30 or other Roland products, visit the Roland website at:

Roland DGA has expanded the Roland Academy catalog of training courses, adding several specialized webinars to its series of popular hands-on workshops.

Designed to provide end-users with the knowledge and expertise they need to grow their business, Roland Academy workshops offer instruction by industry experts and are available for each of the company's product lines. As an added bonus, registered Roland owners are eligible for free and unlimited access to the Roland Academy's complete online webinar series through the end of 2011. Webinars are also available to non-Roland owners for a moderate fee.

"Roland Academy presents an excellent opportunity for our customers to learn the very latest cutting-edge techniques and in-depth knowledge they need to effectively achieve professional results," said Dana Curtis, Roland product manager for Roland Academy. "Whether they attend a workshop or webinar, customers are able to take full advantage of Roland's expertise and resources to further extend their capabilities and gain a competitive edge."

Online Webinar Series

Taught by industry experts, Roland Academy online webinars are free to registered users, making professional development convenient and affordable. Current course topics include:

EGX-350 Gift Engraving Using EngraveStudio
Cylindrical Cutting Using the MDX-40A with Rotary Axis Unit
Introduction to Variable Data Printing
VersaWorks RIP Software Overview
EngraveStudio Software Overview
Introduction to Color Management

Born to Wrap Workshop

This two-day workshop delivers the skills and expertise needed to expand your capabilities within the world of vehicle graphics and wraps. Taught by industry experts at Digital EFX Wraps, Roland specialists provide you with the tools and techniques, and hands-on instruction that enable you to produce and install custom graphics.

Digital Printing Boot Camp

Led by large-format digital printing expert, David Goetter, this intensive three-day, hands-on workshop focuses on teaching the 10 core applications of every digital print shop. Ideal for production managers, printer operators, shop managers and sales representatives, this course is designed to give attendees a competitive advantage and solid foundation of knowledge and skills to build their digital printing business. Attendees have reported that this class more than paid for itself within weeks, or even days.

For a full listing of workshops and webinars or for date, time and location information, please visit the Roland Academy section of Roland's website at

Roland DG Corporation, a leading worldwide provider of 3D engraving and milling technologies, has expanded its line of dental milling machines with the new DWX-50, an advanced 5-axis production tool for creating high-quality dental prosthetics, including copings, crowns, full bridges and abutments using aesthetically-preferred zirconia, wax, PMMA and acrylic materials.

The DWX-50 is Roland’s most advanced dental milling machine to date, a compact, affordable solution based on 20 years of the company’s proven 3D milling technology. The DWX-50 offers dental labs new advanced features, including 5-axis milling, which enables the seamless production of complex dental prosthetics.

“Most current dental milling systems are priced well beyond the reach of many dental labs and require a dedicated production room,” said Yuki Shimizu, Roland DG product manager. “Now these professionals can easily and affordably implement Roland’s most advanced dental milling technology. Labs can choose from the original 3-axis DWX-30 for copings and crowns or the new 5-axis DWX-50 to create a full range of zirconia dental prosthetics, including copings, crowns, full bridges and abutments.”

In addition to milling on X, Y and Z axes, the DWX-50 rotates blocks and discs of zirconia 360 degrees in clockwise and counterclockwise movements and tilts them 20 degrees toward the front and back to support undercuts. The DWX-50 features an automatic tool changer that supports up to five different sizes of milling tools for an easy three-step production process. Users simply load the milling material and secure it with the included clamps, store tools in the tool magazine, and send milling data from the PC to the DWX. The DWX-50 automatically completes the job, allowing dental lab employees to focus on other tasks.

Roland DWX-50 Features:

  • 5-axes (XYZ axes and rotary axis (A and B axes)) allow users to create high quality prosthetic copings, crowns, full bridges and connecting abutments
  • Materials can be rotated 360 degrees in clockwise or counterclockwise movements and 20 degrees toward the front or back
  • Built-in automatic tool changer supports up to five different tools
  • Secure clamps are easy to load and support zirconia discs and blocks in a wide variety of sizes
  • Tool sensor automates the machine and tool set up process, saving time
  • Integration with industry standard CAM software ensures a seamless production process
  • Multicast control allows one computer to control up to four DWX-50s for larger dental labs
  • LED light illuminates the interior of the DWX-50 for clear observation
  • Clear dust collection capsule and air blower capture milling materials
  • Dust tray ensures easy waste disposal for a clean environment free of dust particles
  • Desktop design fits small laboratory spaces and allows the DWX-50 to be relocated easily when office layouts change
  • Backed by legendary Roland reliability and world-class service and support

For more information on the DWX-50 visit:

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 powerful solution for producing parts and prototypes from a wide 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,” said Pedro Gonzalez, product manager for Roland.  “The combined solution delivers smooth surface finishes, high repeat accuracies and tight tolerances to exact specifications.”

“Roland is a tremendous business partner that is truly committed to offering industry leading rapid prototyping and rapid manufacturing solutions,” said Gerald Hiller, director of international sales for MecSoft. “Their MDX milling machines are based on 20 years of proven Roland Subtractive Rapid Prototyping (SRP) technology and offer several advantages over 3D printers.”

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.

One of only six CAM products globally receiving Certified SolidWorks GOLD Partner status, VisualMILL for SolidWorks is fully integrated inside SolidWorks which allows MDX users to process their parts in a familiar design environment.  With the addition of VisualMILL for SolidWorks, MDX users also enjoy:

• The ability to process native SolidWorks files without having to go through an error prone file conversion process
• Very efficient and logical workflow: all programming of the MDX is done inside SolidWorks instead of having to export the part to Roland SRP Player CAM software
• Faster programming capabilities and more machining options for greater efficiently, higher accuracy and faster throughput

MecSoft Corporation

Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., MecSoft Corporation is a worldwide leader of Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software solutions. Our award winning software products: VisualMILL™, VisualMILL for SolidWorks®, and RhinoCAM™ deliver powerful and efficient solutions to users in the rapid manufacturing, mold making, aerospace, automotive, woodworking, education and tool & die industries.

For the latest news and information, or an online demonstration, visit our website at or call 949-654-8163.

Roland DGA Corp.

Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Roland DGA Corp. serves as the U.S.-based marketing, distribution and sales arm of Roland DG Corp. in Hamamatsu, Japan. Professionals worldwide rely on Roland solutions everyday in the sign, grand-format, sublimation, UV inkjet, digital graphics, vehicle graphics, fine art, photography, packaging, label, engraving and 3D modeling industries. Roland DGA is ISO 9001:2008 certified, and Roland DG is ISO 9001:2000 and 14001:2004 certified.

For more information on Roland DGA products, please call (800) 542-2307 or visit the website at

To meet growing demand for the company’s UV-LED inkjet printer/cutters, engravers and 3D products, Roland DGA Corp. has formed a new strategic accounts team to capture new business opportunities.

“Roland UV inkjet, engraving and 3D products present tremendous opportunities for growth, and we have taken steps to strengthen our presence in key markets for these products including the label and package prototyping industry, personalization and industrial marking industries, the educational market and other specialized markets served by our rapid prototyping solutions,” said Rick Scrimger, vice president/general manager for Roland DGA Corp.  “It is with pleasure that I announce the promotion of Tony Miller and the addition of Adam Sebran and Grant Davis to our new strategic accounts team.”

Tony Miller, Sales Manager, Strategic Accounts

To lead the team, Roland has promoted Tony Miller to the position of sales manager, strategic accounts.  He has more than 17 years of industry experience, including six years in management-level sales and product management positions with Roland as well as technical sales and product management experience with ENCAD and Eastman Kodak Company.  He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Wheaton College.

Adam Sebran, Business Development Manager, Engraving

Adam Sebran has joined Roland to lead business development efforts for the company’s engraving product line.  In this position, Sebran is responsible for channel development for Roland EGX engravers and MPX impact printers. Sebran has 19 years of sales and management experience with industry organizations including MultiCAM and ScanVec, and as owner of Advanced Machine Tool Corp.

Grant Davis, Business Development Manager, UV Products

Roland has hired Grant Davis as part of the team to support business development opportunities for the company’s VersaUV UV-LED inkjet printer/cutter line.  Davis brings strong equipment sales experience to the position including 22 years working with Roland products. Most recently, Davis served as vice president of equipment sales and service at Proveer, an authorized Roland dealer.  Davis’ background includes experience managing his own dealership and as well as serving as a previous southeastern sales manager for Roland.

The strategic accounts team also includes Glenn Kennedy, who serves as channel sales manager for 3D milling and scanning products, and Matt Owens, business development manager for Roland’s VersaUV UV-LED inkjet printer/cutter line.

‘We have a very strong strategic accounts team in place, bringing years of experience to our customers and partners across these markets,” Miller said.  “We are well positioned to help our customers and partners build strong businesses and maximize their investment in innovative Roland technology.”

Roland DGA Corp.

Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Roland DGA Corp. serves as the U.S.-based marketing, distribution and sales arm of Roland DG Corp. in Hamamatsu, Japan. Professionals worldwide rely on Roland solutions everyday in the sign, grand-format, sublimation, UV inkjet, digital graphics, vehicle graphics, fine art, photography, packaging, label, engraving and 3D modeling industries. Roland DGA is ISO 9001:2008 certified, and Roland DG is ISO 9001:2000 and 14001:2004 certified.

For more information on Roland DGA products, please call (800) 542-2307 or visit the website at

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