SigmaTEK Systems, a specialist in developing CADCAM software solutions for the fabrication industry, has released V20 of its flagship SigmaNEST product portfolio. V20 is a substantial release, introducing many features in all areas of the product, with continued emphasis on user experience, optimising material utilisation, and data management.
A newly developed SigmaTEK launcher provides a common, customisable desktop platform from which users can easily access core SigmaTEK products, as well as eco-system applications such as licence manager, database utilities and help resources. The launcher also displays a live social media feed to ensure users are fully up-to-date with the latest product information, trade shows and educational webinar schedules.
SigmaNEST enhancements includes support for part priority nesting, nesting of filler parts, and nesting of mini-sheets or mini-nests. User efficiency continues to be a focus and a newly devised CAD Import Plus module is available that does not require a local CAD installation to import a variety of file formats, including SolidWorks, Solid Edge, Creo, Inventor and NX. In addition, SigmaNEST 20 adds feature recognition (drilling, partial-depth pockets, bevels) for STEP files.
Significant profiling enhancements see the introduction of novel bevel capabilities, such as advanced tool-path generation and rule-based corner transitioning. Users can now import part files with complex bevels and apply NC directly to the 3D model in an interactive 3D viewer to ensure safe and accurate tool-path generation, and better program verification.
Further SigmaNEST developments include expanded support for the Trumpf TruMatic 1000 Fiber punch-laser machine, laser pre-cutting for creating complex threaded holes on combination machines, and the use of raw sheet edges as the part edge with greatly improved height detection and probe cycles near the sheet edge.
The challenge of delivering an accurate quote is fundamental to the success of a project. V20 delivers SigmaQUOTE, a newly designed integrated job quoting tool that replaces SigmaNEST’s previous Jobs module. SigmaQUOTE is powered by SigmaMRP, so it leverages the product’s quoting functionality, allowing users to manage companies and contacts, generate quotes for new projects, and turn quotes into work orders for production within SigmaNEST.
Additional improvements to the SigmaTEK 3D suite of applications for tube, bar stock, 3D models and sheet-metal forming include the ability to convert multi-piece common line gores into a single no-kerf, common line part within SigmaDEVELOP, a 3D system for standard ducting and HVAC geometry. SigmaUNFOLD flattens 3D patterns and allows them to be manipulated for cutting and bending operations, while an automatic slit-creation option adds a slit to an otherwise solid part so it can be unfolded into a flat pattern that can be processed on either profiling machines or press brakes.
For SigmaBEND, V20 includes a newly devised radial menu with shortcuts for editing the tool stations, back gauges and the part itself, as well as improved sequencing and back-gauge options. In addition, the introduction of a manual station-generation tool allows for easy manual tooling set-up. SigmaTUBE generates nests and NC code for tube and pipe cutting on laser and plasma machines, and V20 includes support for new inventory profiles, and tab and notch enhancements.
SigmaTEK has also developed applications that drive the continuous workflow of data throughout the shop floor. For example, V20 delivers updates to ‘Colour Offload’, a tool that uses colour-coding to track parts by next operation, with the ability to filter by program status and document management capability. SimTrans is a transaction manager which links SigmaNEST with other business systems. Users can leverage SimTrans automation to create or load parts, manipulate orders or update inventory in real time. V20 adds transactions for managing jobs and provides the ability to receive email notifications for regular status updates or invalid parts.
For further details contact Mecad Manufacturing on TEL: 012 645 4300 or visit www.mecadmfg.co.za