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.
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.