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The World’s Most Advanced CAD/CAM Nesting Software

Machines and Motion at their Best

SigmaNEST advanced nesting solution offers a wide range of customizable, modular features to get the most out of your manufacturing operations.

With SigmaNEST, you can:

  • Import parts from any major CAD system
  • Automatically sort them into tasks by material and machine
  • Optimize your material usage and machine motion
  • Post programs to your profile cutting machines
  • Track your productivity from start to finish

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SigmaNEST can transform your fabrication process

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Supports All Machine Types

SigmaNEST drives nearly every type of profile cutting, router, or punch machines to produce premium quality parts using less material and manpower. Our integrated platform uses an easy interface and reduced learning curve so you can choose the machines you like.

Cutting Machines

Drives Laser, Plasma, Oxyfuel, and Waterjet machines with optimized feed and flow rate for superior part quality and minimum cycle time.

Punch and Combination

Controls punch or laser/punch combo machines with optimized tool selection, part nesting, and turret management.

Router, Drill, Knife

Comprehensive router and drilling solutions with automatic 3D feature recognition. Advanced control for knife and cutting wheel applications.

Bevel Cutting

Advanced programming and simulation for bevel cutting in both 2D and 3D applications of steel plate and tube, wood and composites.

SigmaNEST is Nesting Perfected

Use less material through higher nest yield–most customers save more than 4% on material when switching to SigmaNEST

Intelligent Nesting

Intelligent Nesting

  • Advanced algorithms used in SigmaNEST software optimize material savings with using part rotation, mirroring, and more
  • Nesting strategies for complex machines account for hold downs, clamps, repositioning, bevel cutting, and secondary processes
  • Effortlessly nest parts for specialized operations and materials like right angle shear, drop door part ejection, and common line cutting
  • Automated choices for best sheet size and sheet priority
Powerful Inventory Management

Powerful Inventory Management

  • Remnant Nesting promotes a First-In First-Out approach to help maintain lean inventory
  • Track inventory status and cost through integrated stock and remnant material database
  • Real-time sheet and heat number tracking
  • SigmaNEST integrates with exisiting ERP/MRP systems to ensure accurate sheet quantities
  • Easily identify customer consigned sheets or reserved inventory
  • Quickly search sheet, part, and work order lists
Efficiency and Savings

Efficiency and Savings

Experience a variety of options to reduce pierces, save cutting time, and accurately cut your parts. Consequently, this comprehensive approach results in ROI by optimizing material utilization, machine motion, manpower, and data management.

  • Motion: Faster cutting times to increase capacity and efficiency
  • Material: Smart nesting saves 4% average on new and remnant use
  • Machines: Central control gives you more flexibility and simplicity
  • Manage: Integrate operational data for better insight and control
  • Manpower: Faster programming and automation to empower your team

Versatile CAD Import

Smart time-saving CAD import recognizes 2D parts or 3D assemblies, and automatically calculates part cost and cutting time

Diverse CAD Import

Diverse CAD Import

  • SigmaNEST software directly imports any major 2D and 3D file for painless part creation
  • Leverage filters and mapping tools to only bring in the parts you need
  • Recognize important CAM features on the drawing or model like bevels, milling pockets, and bends
  • Automatic error correction for DXF, DWG, CDL, IGES, DSTV, STEP files, G-code and NC ESSI code
Part Creation and Version Management

Part Creation and Version Management

  • Fast geometry creation with easy CAD tools, standard shapes library, user-definable scripting, dimensioning, and part data marking
  • Store part, nest layout, toolpath, and machine data in an intelligent workspace file
  • Integrated parts database keeps a searchable catalog of all parts, and part geometry, material, area, weight, and cost
SigmaNEST for Router and Drilling

SigmaNEST for Router and Drilling

  • Advanced router and drilling solutions with automatic recognition of complex 3D models for safe and easy toolpath application

Accelerate Business with SigmaNEST

Streamline business with instant quoting, automated work orders and BOMs, job tracking, scheduling and integrated production data

Easy Job Handling

Easy Job Handling

  • Batch processing of Bill of Material (BOM) files
  • Track status of each part for every order
  • Dynamically load multiple orders for just-in-time nesting and cutting
Job Tracking and Scheduling

Job Tracking and Scheduling

  • Automatic part quantity tracking and production scheduling
  • Work order status reporting
  • Explicit control for holding and releasing orders and parts for production
  • Integrated order database
Automatic Part Cost Estimating

Automatic Part Cost Estimating

  • SigmaNEST software automatically calculates part area, weight, cutting time, cost, and material requirements on import
  • User-definable reports and cost parameters

SigmaNEST Advanced Motion

SigmaNEST is one programming software for all simple and complex machines – including punch, profile, and combination

Sophisticated Toolpath Strategies

Sophisticated Toolpath Strategies

  • SigmaNEST utilizes state-of-the-art machine motion options that reduce cutting time, consumable usage, and tool wear
  • Optimum default settings for machine, material, and thickness simplify programming choices and reduce trial and error
  • Increase machine performance with improved sequencing, scrap stability analysis, machine bed slat detection, and more
Advanced NC Profiling

Advanced NC Profiling

  • SigmaNEST provides 3D modeling for accurate bevel programming to ensure part quality
  • Recess tabs to eliminate grinding, automatic center-of-gravity tabs to avoid tipping
  • Common line cutting, bridge cutting, and chain cutting reduce cut distance, z-axis head movement, and pierce quantity
  • Pre-Pierce using secondary processes such as drill and punch to limit consumable wear and improve quality
  • BHQ bolt hole quality for plasma cutting
  • Automatic crop cut and scrap cut for safe processing and removal of excess material
SigmaNEST for Punch and Combination

SigmaNEST for Punch and Combination

  • SigmaNEST offers comprehensive nesting with powerful sequencing that provides ultimate control of laser/punch combination machines
  • Formed feature protection saves forms by reorganizing the nearby hits on parts
  • Stored pattern punching automatically punches production parts consistently

Modular Power to Match Your Operations

Five package levels with modular features for small job shops to steel service centers to high-volume OEMs.


Easy Automatic Nesting


High Efficiency Nesting


Advanced Nesting for Complex Profiling


Advanced Nesting for Higher Volumes

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High-Volume, Premium Nesting

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