SigmaNEST 3D

A 5-Axis CAM system with automatic feature recognition and tool path generation for 5-axis laser, waterjet, and plasma cutting machines, SigmaNEST 3D seamlessly integrates inside SOLIDWORKS. It acts as an add-in within the familiar graphical user interface to allow maximum ease-of-use. The work piece, modeled with fixturing in an assembly, allows in context simulation and collision detection.
SOLIDWORKS, CATIA, Inventor, Siemens PLM, PTC Creo supported geometry imports with SigmaNEST.
5-Axis Cutting Machines Supported by SigmaNEST 3D, current list:
  • Mazak
  • Amada
  • Trumpf
  • NTC
  • Prima Power
  • Omax
  • Wardjet
  • Kinetic
  • Farley
  • Par
  • Alltra
  • Koike
  • 5-Axis laser, plasma, and waterjet
  • NC tool paths created using feature data from native SOLIDWORKS parts files
  • Automatic tool path generation
  • Interactive tool path manipulation
  • Tool path sequencing
  • Continuous, collision-free tool paths
  • Intelligent collision detection through a full 3D simulation of cutting process
  • If interference is detected, SigmaNEST 3D can reprogram NC path to ensure cuts can be completed without collision
  • Automatic fixture generation
  • Fixture parts can be nested and 2D programmed
  • Fixture interference is avoided through automatic collision detection during the full cutting simulation
  • 3D laser cutting is effective when used to cut holes for intersecting cylinders or parts with unique hole geometries. SigmaNEST 3D uses strategic algorithms to ensure that cuts are oriented correctly in relation to material level.
  • Cut condition control
  • cutter radius compensation
  • Automatic part feature recognition
  • Bevels and normal cuts can be achieved