Nov 24, 2010

Roland Partners with PTC and TechSoft to Demonstrate STEM Solutions at ACTE

Students can use the design software of their choice to design and manufacture products with Roland mills and cutters.

Irvine, Calif – At next month’s ACTE conference, Roland DGA Corp. (Booth #1013) will demonstrate its line-up of STEM education solutions featuring the company’s advanced MDX milling machines and GX cutters, the TechSoft STEM Education Curriculum, and the Scalextric4schools program from the Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC).

“PTC and TechSoft both provide all the tools and instructional materials needed to challenge students while making design and manufacturing processes fun,” said Pedro Gonzalez, product manager for Roland DGA Corp. “With Roland MDX mills and GX cutters, students gain hands-on experience with the same manufacturing and graphic arts technologies used by industry professionals worldwide.”

A new PTC based solution will debut at the show, combining the Roland MDX-40A with Creo Elements / Pro CAD software and the Scalextric4Schools curriculum from PTC. With this solution, students can design and produce precision Scalextric slot cars for racing at PTC-sponsored competitions across the country. Scalextric slot car racing will be demonstrated in the Roland booth throughout the show.

Roland TechSoft STEM Education solutions are offered in two modules. The GX-24 kit teaches students to cut vinyl for signs and vehicle graphics, cut heat transfer materials for decorated apparel, and cut card stock for packaging. The TechSoft CAD/CAM Kit includes a variety of classroom projects that allow students to create real world parts and prototypes. TechSoft projects can be completed in just one or two class hours.

Designed for subtractive rapid prototyping and custom rapid manufacturing, the Roland MDX series mills a wide range of low cost, non-proprietary materials including ABS, delrin, nylon, acrylic and wood. MDX prototypes and parts are fully functional with tight tolerances and smooth surface finishes unmatched by 3D printers. Roland GX cutters cut materials ranging from vinyl and heat transfer materials to flock, card stock and twill for a variety of applications including vehicle graphics, signs, decals, labels, stencils and packaging.