Category Archives: In-house Manufacturing Capabilities

Make it Better and Improve Performance!

Dymax Corporation, located in Torrington, CT, is a leading manufacturer of advanced light-curable adhesives, coatings, oligomers, light-curing equipment, and fluid dispensing systems that work together to optimize manufacturing assembly processes.  Dymax came to Sigma Design Company to improve their WIDECURE® conveyor system. WIDECURE is a 25″ wide UV curing system with 700 mW/cm² of curing power. This system is typically used in industrial plants for the curing of adhesives during the assembly of aerospace, electronic and automotive components.  Dymax Corporation is well known for making manufactures more efficient and need to update the design of the WIDECURE with additional safety and performance features. Dymax presented Sigma with a solid and dependable machine, but a machine that lacked the features needed by its industrial customers and users. Learn more about Dymax here.

Sigma took their original prototypes and examined every single nut and bolt to do a complete redesign of the original machine. Aside from adding a number of safety and performance features to the system, Sigma greatly improved the user interface of the unit and overall quality and reliability of the system. The WIDECURE is aesthetically more pleasing and a truly gorgeous machine. Operators will be very pleased with its new ergonomic design and low level machine noise. Sigma’s new design also includes provisions for lifting and transporting the machine in a safer manner. WATCH VIDEO HERE!

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Dymax WIDECURE conveyor system at Sigma Design Company facility.

Sigma engineered several important features, making the new WIDECURE system a real state of the art unit. The control scheme of the machine was redesigned to be category 3 safety compliant.  Our engineers added an Allen Bradley PLC and HMI (Programmable Logic Controller and Human Machine Interface), and an open loop stepper system to smoothly lift and lower the UV lamp assembly.  Sigma turned a dependable machine into a world class system allowing the customer to better meet the needs of the industrial marketplace.

Contact Sigma Design Company about how we can improve your designs! 

University Collaboration

At universities all over the country, scientists are churning out the research that can potentially lead to innovative new products. But many of these great ideas get stuck in academic labs because university scientists lack the business experience to develop a commercial product. Today’s universities are supporting these products further and assist in the commercialization process.

Max Perhach, Sigma certified in-house welder, works on the Ultrasonic Water Treatment System

Max Perhach, Sigma certified in-house welder, works on the Ultrasonic Water Treatment System.

Montclair State University (MSU) had just such a project; a design for an ultrasonic water treatment system. The system was  designed, fabricated and assembled in-house by Sigma Design. Then the system was tested for electronic and water processing at Sigma’s 20,000 sq. ft. facility.

For innovators in academia, Sigma Design provides the bridge to the business world with the experience to build the most challenging technical devices and then guide them to market. Sigma Design can assist with prototypes, manufacturing, product testing, packing & transport, and even insurance.

Dr. Meiyin Wu, a professor at MSU and the lead scientist on this venture, described her experience working with Sigma Design as an extremely pleasant and productive experience. “Sigma’s staff are highly professional with exceptional skills. Collaboration between MSU/higher education and Sigma is an example of the future of innovation,” Dr. Wu said.

The Ultrasonic Water Treatment System

The Ultrasonic Water Treatment System

Made in New Jersey

Sigma is committed to the future of NJ manufacturing and is featured on the blog of marine engineering firm, Martin Ottoway: http://www.martinottaway.com/blog/rik-van-hemmen/new-jersey-makes-world-takes

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University and 3D Printing Industry Collaboration Featured on PBS

Lafayette College seniors Jake Hyatt and Max Bergelson visited Sigma’s 20,000 square-foot Technology Commercialization and New Product Manufacturing Center to film a project for their Political Economy course.

Lafayette College students Max Bergelson, left, and Jake Hyatt interview Sigma President Jerry Lynch about 3D printing.

Lafayette College students Max Bergelson, left, and Jake Hyatt interview Sigma President Jerry Lynch about 3D printing.

The college produced a public affairs program in partnership with PBS, which featured Sigma’s 3D rapid prototyping and manufacturing services.

According to Lafayette professor and executive producer Mark Crain, Lafayette College constantly wrestles with ways to bridge academics and real world developments. “The opportunity for Max and Jake to visit Sigma Design Company and see first hand how 3D printing is transforming business and society is an amazing opportunity.  They’ll learn even more as they produce our broadcast that illuminates this innovative, complex technology for PBS39 viewers,” he said.

The program was broadcast to approximately  2.6 million households in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The program is available on the PBS39 YouTube site and the Lafayette College homepage.

Sigma’s 3D Rapid Prototyping FDM Machine can take your design concept and create a working prototype in three days. To learn more about our 3D Rapid Prototyping services or to submit a file and receive a quote, please visit: http://www.sigmadesign.net/3d_rapid.php

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Evidence of Standout Service

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The figures Sigma design 3D printed placed on the model.

Low cost and fast turnaround is why The Evidence Store, a company providing legal photography, videos, and trail exhibit services, chose Sigma Design.

The company was asked to make a 1:28 scale model of an intersection in a case involving a large piece of construction equipment. One of the workers at the site was injured, and the model was going to be used in court to demonstrate the nature and geometry of the area.

Sigma was hired to make 16 3D human figures, with their initials on the base, to place and move around the model as part of the demonstration to the jury. The figures stood 2.57″ tall.

“From the minute we called Sigma we were treated by professional, friendly people,” said Stephen Appelbaum, President of The Evidence Store. “The case settled soon after the model was completed so it never saw the inside of a courtroom, but the out-of-state client was extremely pleased with the results and the fast service.”

Sigma’s 3D Rapid Prototyping FDM Machine can take your design concept and create it in three days. To learn more about our 3D Rapid Prototyping services or to submit a file and receive quote, please visit: http://www.sigmadesign.net/3d_rapid.php

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Sigma’s In-house Manufacturing Capabilities: Thermoforming

Sigma is now thermoforming in-house at their 20,000 square-foot Technology Commercialization and New Product Development Manufacturing Center in Middlesex, New Jersey.

The versatile process of thermoforming can be used to design prototypes and packaging trays. After a plastic sheet is heated, it is then draped over an object and then vacuumed. When the plastic cools it creates a textured mold.

Thermoforming services are a great addition to Sigma’s growing in-house manufacturing capabilities including: 3D rapid prototyping, welding, CNC milling and machining.

Need a Prototype? Sigma Can Deliver

Sigma’s 3D Rapid Prototyping FDM Machine can take your design concept and create it in three days.

A human head model was a recent prototype that Sigma manufactured for Kelly Burke, a doctoral candidate at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx.

Human head model 3D prototype.

Human head model 3D prototype.

The research lab is investigating sensory processing in Autism and other developmental disorders using EEG and fMRI. For one of their studies they needed to create a custom, high-density EEG cap. In order to know where to put the electrodes in the cap, they needed to print a head model with the points on them, and contacted Sigma.  After receiving the Solidworks (STL) file, the model was ready to be shipped 3 days later.

“Sigma Design was an easy pick for this project not only because they gave the lowest quote, but more importantly they were the best at responding right away, and printed out exactly what we wanted in less time than they estimated,” Burke said. “Sigma answered all of our questions, took care of the paperwork, were careful about each detail, and the output head model is perfect! They made the process go so smoothly and accurately and I am already using the cap for our study.”

To learn more about our 3D Rapid Prototyping services or to submit a file and receive quote, please visit: http://www.sigmadesign.net/3d_rapid.php