It’s neat, it’s tiny and it’s very cool but iModela is far more than a great gadget for techno-heads to add to their collection. iModela is a fully featured
3-axis milling machine with all the capability you need to carry out 2D CNC profiling and 3D modelling (Subtractive Rapid Prototyping) from .stl files.
For sure, the iModela is not going to machine steel, but for jewellery work and model makers, its ability to machine plastics and mould materials is every bit as good as its bigger brothers – and it uses the same software. iModela will teach you everything you need to know about machining strategies, toolpaths and post-processsing without the need to be in the machine shop. iModela will happily sit on the desktop next to your PC and make parts without disturbing the whole house, office or classroom.
The massive breakthrough with iModela is, of course, the price. If you occasionally need small-scale prototypes, patterns or moulds then iModela may well provide a cost-effective in-house alternative to outsourcing. There have been attempts to produce a small-scale desk-top milling machine before, but iModela represents a first in terms of commercial availability, design and build quality together with back-up from an internationally renowned company, Roland DG. With a working area of 86mm x 55mm x 26mm and easy to use USB connectivity, the Roland iModela incorporates 25 years of Roland’s proven professional milling technology into an easy to use device.
iModela is guaranteed to fire the imagination with infinite opportunities for creativity. iModela precisely mills 3D shapes, patterns and designs out of wax, foam, wood and plastic commonly used in the craft, jewellery and hobby markets. Model enthusiasts and craft makers will quickly see the potential this opens up for creating accurate components and complex forms with guaranteed repeat accuracy. Because the design is digital, creations can be saved for future use, produced in batches or shared with like-minded enthusiasts via email and the web. iModela opens up a world-wide dimension for sharing and creative collaboration.
iModela is supplied with “iCreate” software which allows you to create simple shapes, holes and patterns with precision straight out of the box. The material to be worked is fastened to iModela’s bed and a rotating cutter then mills out the shape you have created. To do this, iModela needs a set of digital instructions to guide the cutter around the shapes. These are called toolpaths and “iModela Creator” software is included to provide this function. A simple interface provides instructions that make features instantly understandable and is focused on simple operation to ensure that it can be used by anyone. Alternatively, designs can be created in TechSoft 2D Design software which gives unlimited opportunities for engineering design. Output to iModela from 2D Design couldn’t be simpler with its own simple dialog box to set cutting depths and speeds.
3D models can be created using 3D scan data, 3D files from the internet or any mainstream 3D modelling package that will export files in .stl format. “MODELA Player 4” CAM software is used to automatically create the necessary toolpaths iModela needs, this is included with iModela as a free download. Output is simple and includes a realistic preview of the machining operation via “Virtual Modela” software – also included.
The “iModela” package gives you everything you need to turn digital ideas into reality straight from the box. If you’re stuck for ideas to get started, then we’ve even included a few of our own for free download on these pages. Take a look – but we doubt you’ll need them!
• Precisely mills 3D shapes, patterns and designs out of foam, wax, wood and plastic
• iModela Creator, Roland’s 2D design software, is included, allowing users to accurately mill shapes, holes 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, LED display and control panel for straight from the box machine setup
• Compact, desktop device that comes in a dedicated carrying case and travels easily
|Material that can be cut:||Soft material such as resins, modelling board, jellutong, PCB laminate, forex classic & rotary engraving laminate|
|X, Y and Z Operation Strokes:||X, Y and Z: 86 x 55 x 26mm (3.39 x 2.17 x 1.02 inches)|
|Table Size:||Width x Depth: 86 x 55mm (3.39 x 2.17 inches)|
|Mountable cutting material weight:||200g (0.4lb)|
|X, Y and Z Axis Drive System:||Stepping motor|
|Operating Speed:||X and Y axes: 6 to 240mm/min (0.24 to 9.45 inches/min) Z axis: 6 to 180mm/min /(0.24 to 7.09 inches/min)|
|Software Resolution:||0.01 mm step (0.00039 inches/step, RML), 0.001 mm/step (0.000039 inches/step, NC code)|
|Mechanical Resolution:||0.0000186mm/step (0.00000732 inches/step, micro steps)|
|Spindle Motor:||iM-01 Spindle motor|
|Interface:||USB (compliant with Universal Serial Bus Specification Revision 2.0 Full Speed)|
|Control Command Set:||RML-1, NC code|
|AC Adapter:||Dedicated Adapter: AC 100 to 240V 10% 50/60Hz|
|Machine Power:||DC 24V, 0.7A|
|Power Consumption:||Approximately 14W|
|Operating Noise:||During operation: 57dB (A) or less (when not cutting), during standby: 39dB (A) or less|
|External Dimensions:||214(W) x 200(D) x 205(H)mm|
|Installation Environment:||Operating environment: Temperature of 5 - 35°C (41 to 95°F), 35 to 80% relative humidity (no condensation). Ambient pollution degrees: 2 (as specified by IEC 60664-1)|
|Included items:||Power cord, AC adapter, USB cable, cutting tool (shank diameter 3mm, tool diameter 2mm. Tip of the blade diameter:1.6mm), mounting screws (for fixing the cutting tool in place), hexagonal wrench (for fixing the cutting tool in place), spare hooks, replacement spindle motor, blower fan, maintenance grease, cleaning brush, double-sided tape, trial cutting materials, sacrificial bed, flathead screwdriver, Roland Software Package, setting board, and user's manuals.|
|Computer:||32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows 7, Vista or Windows XP. USB port.|
|USB Cable:||Use the included USB cable.|