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The new benchmark for product design and fabrication

Give shape to your imagination

Give shape to your imagination

In the early 1980’s, the world was experiencing a rapid evolution in personal computers and digital technology. At Roland DG, we realized that the computer was essentially a large brain, and that by attaching peripherals to serve as human hands, we could help people rediscover the original joy of creation and close the gap between the virtual and real worlds. This insight contributed to the very origin of our business.

Our company’s original vision of “transforming your imagination into reality” forged the spirit we continue to build into every 3D tool we develop today.

It all began with an impassioned employee.

It all began with an impassioned employee.

While producing prototypes for a pen plotter, our flagship product at the time, an engineer came up with the idea of developing 3D milling machines by replacing the pen with an end mill, and then adding height (Z axis) to the X and Y axes.

Thanks to a corporate culture that encourages innovation, in 1986 we unveiled the world’s first desktop 3D milling machine, the CAMM-3 PNC-3000. By enabling greater production control, it drastically cut product design and development time, leading designers to dub it the “Magic Hand.”

In high schools and university labs, our 3D digital tools are now used to train a new generation of engineers and product designers. In recent years, we have extended our technology into the dental world where the utmost precision is required to make dental prosthetics.

Unleash your imagination and creativity.

Unleash your imagination and creativity.

Thanks to the spread of low-cost 3D printers for personal use, a growing number of small businesses and individuals can now gain entry into product design and manufacturing. We’re entering an age where anyone with an idea is capable of becoming a “Maker.” Our role at Roland DG is increasingly clear: To continue developing superior desktop 3D fabrication tools that enable people to unleash their imagination and creativity to build a bright, new future.

Awaken your passion and ambitions.

Awaken your passion and ambitions.

Since ancient times, people have used their hands to transform dreams into reality through a process of adding and subtracting. Today’s designers and engineers, raised in a society of digital devices, are poised to transform the world by giving form to entirely new concepts and ideas.
In 2014, we launched our first Additive Manufacturing Machine and a new Subtractive Manufacturing Machine - two devices designed to bring your ideas to life. We call them “monoFab.”
With both additive and subtractive 3D tools to choose from in desktop configurations, people are now able to make the most of their creativity like never before.

The future of digital fabrication, on your desktop.

The future of digital fabrication, on your desktop.

The name monoFab comes from the Japanese concept “Monozukuri.” “Mono” is generally recognized as physical objects and things, but historically includes the meaning of dreams, imagination and ideas, while “zukuri” is to produce, fabricate or create. We adopted the word “Fab” as we sought to provide a set of new creative tools based on our long-cultivated desktop fabrication concept. “monoFab” as a whole represents taking what you have in your mind and giving it physical form which is the same as our company’s vision of “transforming your imagination into reality.”

The fabrication factory of the future is already here, ready for your desktop.

The Spirit of Our Developers

Keigo Okusa, Development leader of the ARM-10 3D PRINTER

Watching a design come to life --
it's a sense of excitement we want others to feel.

We began the development of the ARM-10 3D printer with the goal of updating our traditional concept of desktop fabrication, which is composed of three values: desktop size, ease of use, and affordable pricing. Our objective was to provide a new additive manufacturing tool that makes it easier for people to transform their ideas into reality. With an additive modeling machine, it's impressive how an object can suddenly appear where there was once nothing. I hope that the ARM-10 greatly increases the excitement of manufacturing for all users.

Development leader of the ARM-10 3D PRINTER
Keigo Okusa

Motokuni Kishita, Development leader of the SRM-20 MILLING MACHINE

We overhauled our mills to make them easier to use and boost the potential of monozukuri.

As a desktop fabrication pioneer, we have been leading the way for over a quarter century. We began development of the SRM-20 desktop milling machine by refreshing the concept of our MDX-20/15 mills which were launched in 2000. The SRM-20 was designed from scratch to make it easier to use by people who are new to the “Maker movement,” and was quickly adopted as a recommended machine by Fab Lab digital workshops which can now be found all over the world. I hope that with the SRM-20, you will be able to bring your unique ideas to life.

Development leader of the SRM-20 MILLING MACHINE
Motokuni Kishita

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