When a machine moves in 5 directions, software needs are greater, but SigmaNEST acts as the brains to run complex machines. Software needs to work with the machine and the programmer to run cutting process easily, do it in less programming and machining time, and save the company material and operations. SigmaNEST drives even the most complex cutting machines.
Multi-axis machining is a manufacturing process where Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) tools that move in four or more directions are used to manufacture parts out of metal or other materials. Typically, the process cuts away extra material by with a water jet or laser cutting machine. A common operating machine moves in three axes, but a multi-axis machine maneuvers in more than 4 axes.
5-axis refers to the number of directions in which a cutting tool can move. On a 5-axis machine, the cutting tool moves across the X, Y and Z linear axes as well as rotates on the A and B axes to approach the work piece from any direction. In other words, you can process five sides of a part in a single setup.
5-axis machining provides infinite possibilities as to the part sizes and shapes a machine can cut, but also makes the software more complex to run the machine.
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 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