2017 With the Autonomous Optimization SIGMASOFT® v5.2 newly defines Virtual Molding. It also includes the capability of virtual DoE, thus providing for the users a full toolkit of possibilities to solve their questions. During the 3rd SIGMASOFT® International User Meeting the SIGMA Award is presented for the first time. The first winners are GÜNTHER Heisskanaltechnik GmbH, Germany, and Speedturtle, Portugal. During the last years SIGMA GmbH and SIGMA Inc. each doubled the number of their employees. Also, since summer SIGMA is a sister company to MAGMA.
2015 SIGMASOFT® v5.1 is released with an entire new look. The new GUI significantly improves the usability for the users.
2013 SIGMASOFT® is the technological benchmark for injection molding simulation and leading in the process-focused markets, e.g. for elastomer-, thermoset or MIM/CIM production.
2012 MAGMAacademy is started, a joint department between MAGMA and SIGMA with spacious, modern training- and seminar facilities. In 4 classes more than 20 trainees can be educated in the usage of either SIGMASOFT® or MAGMASOFT®. An additional seminar room accommodates up to 40 people for technical workshops and seminars.
2010 SIGMASOFT® activities are started in Istanbul (Turkey) with a local office. During the financial crisis SIGMA doubled the customer base in D, A, CH.
2009 SIGMASOFT® activities are started in in Singapore and Sao Paulo (Brazil) to explore the emerging markets. SIGMA Engineering GmbH again expands its office facilities.
2006 SIGMA Plastics Services Inc. is founded in Chicago (USA). SIGMA Engineering GmbH changed into new office facilities and doubled the space at Aachen, Kackertstr. 11.
2004 SIGMA presents SIGMASOFT® v4.3 at K’2004 (Düsseldorf). v4.3 became a breakthrough and paradigm shift in calculation times for true 3D simulations.
2003 SIGMA presents the first true 3D fiber orientation calculation and a mapping interface towards FE-Analysis Packages
1999 First customers were found in the rubber industry.
1998 Founding of SIGMA Engineering GmbH, Aachen (Germany), as 100% daughter company of MAGMA. SIGMA is the responsible Engineering and Sales organization to market SIGMASOFT® in D,A,CH, Europe and worldwide. Due to the sister product MAGMASOFT® already the first SIGMASOFT® version was full 3D taking the full mold, the polymer flow and all thermal effects physically accurate into account.
1995 Start of a R&D project at MAGMA to understand, model and simulate the processing of semisolid metal melts (Aluminum & Magnesium alloys). The rheology of those alloys show strong shear-rate dependencies of the viscosity in addition to the usual temperature dependency. This rheological behavior is almost identical to polymers. From a modeling point of view, this was the birth of the SIGMASOFT® product.
1988 Founding of MAGMA Gießereitechnologie GmbH, Aachen (Germany). From scratch on MAGMASOFT® was implemented as true 3D simulation product, taking the mold, the flow and all relevant thermal effects fully 3 dimensionally into the casting simulation.