Composites: The Material of the Future

Composites: The Material of the Future From coal in the 1800’s to plastic in 1907, materials have shaped our ability to innovate. In recent years, during the late 20th to early 21st century, the use of composite materials has changed the way

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Design for Manufacturing |Press Brake Best Practices

Design for Manufacturing – Press Brake Best Practices To wrap up our Design for Manufacturing series, SigmaNEST consulted with Matt Calkins, Senior Application Engineer, to discuss three key design considerations when using a press brake. 1. Internal radii The

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Design for Manufacturing: Bevel

Design for Manufacturing: Bevel Bevels are edge cuts typically used to prepare steel plate parts for welding. Professional fabricators have long relied on CNC machines and nesting software to fine tune and automate the beveling process. As the industry leader in bevel processing, SigmaNEST is committed to delivering

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Whats New: SigmaNEST X1.3

Whats New: SigmaNEST X1.3 With SigmaNEST X1.3, fabricators can expect to see increased speed and quality as the software allows their machines to achieve peak performance. SigmaNEST X1.3 introduces a multitude of additional innovations including: ►    New CAD Repair Geometry Import Options ►    New PDF and Image

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Design for Manufacturing using Router

Design for Manufacturing using Router Designing parts to be produced on router machines comes with a unique set of obstacles. Wood can be very challenging to work with because of its delicate nature and the extensive number of tools used in the

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SigmaTEK To Showcase Router Capabilities at AWFS

The SigmaTEK team heads out to Las Vegas this week for the annual AWFS show at the Las Vegas Convention Center. SigmaTEK associates plan to demonstrate SigmaNEST's wide range of software solutions and expertise. We are located at Booth 10047 to discuss specific customer challenges

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Design for Manufacturing Using SOLIDWORKS

Design for Manufacturing Using SOLIDWORKS SOLIDWORKS is a popular computer-aided design (CAD) program used by manufacturers around the world. Designing parts in SOLIDWORKS has become second nature for many engineers as the use of the application has spread and the software’s ability

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Design for Manufacturing Best Practices

In recent years Design for Manufacturing (DFM) has gained popularity as manufacturers around the world continue to compete, pushing the entire industry to pursue best practices and operate more efficiently. DFM is also closely related to the concept of Design for Assembly (DFA).  Both

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Meet Nicole Walden

For our third honoree, SigmaNEST introduces Nicole Walden. Walden works as the Manufacturing Support Manager at Astec, Incorporated. Astec opened its doors as a startup in 1972, and has since become a leading asphalt mixing plant that prides itself on being a “customer-driven company.”

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State of the Industry: Manufacturing Update

Large promises and predictions were made in the beginning of 2017. Experts forecasted continued growth, cobotics and 3D printing. How is the manufacturing sector really performing this year? It’s hard to believe, but we are halfway through 2017. Let’s look at how the industry has performed in these first

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