SigmaNEST Plugins

SigmaNEST is an exceptional market leading CAD CAM solution catering for all sectors of manufacturing, from knife cutting of carbon composites to high speed laser cutting of sheet steel. Imagine for a moment that you could take this outstanding piece of software and customise it to focus more specifically on your individual business needs, be it adding features not currently in the software or simply automating processes that could otherwise become time consuming. JKG Design specialises in creating such customisations that help steamline your processes and increase your staff efficiency.

Below is a list of existing plugins designed to satisfy common requests, these are available on trial and can be installed on as many PC's as you wish with a single licence. If you have more specific requirements then please feel free to contact us.


Fresh Start




The problem

The SigmaNEST edit part window remembers the values from the previous part that you created/edited. This can be very helpfull if you happen to be creating a series of parts that all share common values, however, this does cause an issue, particularly when working in a networked enviroment. The issue is that the user must check all of the part values every time a part is created since the defaults belong to the previously edited part. Not only is this time consuming, it ultimatley leads to potentially costly mistakes, the source of which are very difficult to trace.


The solution

The fresh start plugin resolves this issue in a simple and elegant fashion. Each time the user closes the edit part window the default values are reset to a predefined collection and, therefore, the user can be confident that the next part created will have the intended values. What's more, an easy to use interface and clear documentation make configuring the plugin very easy.


Trial: Upon request

Price: £495 (unlimited users)


Grain Set




The problem

The quality of the SigmaNEST auto nesters and the speed at which they run depend heavily upon the parts being configured correctly, in particular, the grain settings should be set to a suitable angle for each part. This seems like a simple task when demonstrated but when you start creating large quantities of parts each day this task becomes tedious and often gets overlooked. As a result material utilisation falls and nesting takes much longer.

More dangerous is that the grain property is easy to forget meaning that materials that require parts orientation to be locked are overlook and end up being cut at incorrect angles. The result is inevitably rejected parts and unhappy customers.


The solution

The Grain Set plugin resolves the problem by scanning all parts in your workspace, identifying the shape category and setting the appropriate angle from your configuration. The plugin also compares each parts material against your list of grained materials and sets the grain properties accordingly... crisis averted.


Trial: Upon request

Price: £495 (unlimited users)


P Namer




The problem

Many SigmaNEST clients use the default sequential numbering system for their part names. This is good practice particularly when working in a sub-contract environment. The problem is that many of the SigmaNEST geometry importers set the part name to the file name on import; swapping this for the next sequential number then becomes very long winded.


The solution

The P Namer plugin makes life easier by automatically renaming a specified group of parts with sequential numbers and ensures that SigmaNEST is updated so that the next part you create is named accordingly. What’s more, this plugin will allow you to specify the part name prefix and suffix and even retain the existing part name by copying it into the drawing number field.


Trial: Upon request

Price: £495 (unlimited users)