Quickie: Update on Autodesk and NEi

My goodness — the piece I posted yesterday about Autodesk acquiring certain asset of NEi Software really poked the bear! You’ve been commenting and emailing like crazy, which leads to this quick update:

  • No, I don’t know more that what I originally posted. There are still significant questions to be answered as to which products Autodesk plans to continue, how partner relationships will be handled, and which of your favorite NEi employees are transitioning to Autodesk.
  • All these years, I thought NEi Nastran was a flavor of Nastran. It’s not. Depending on who you are, that’s a good thing or a bad thing. Wrote one correspondent:

FWIW, I would argue that your post is somewhat misleading in that NEi’s product is not actually Nastran.  While it does use the word (acronym?) Nastran, it does not have the NASA/Cosmic Nastran pedigree that MSC, Siemens (and others in the past such as UAI and CSA) did.

Another wrote:

[NEi’s competitors] relied on *old* ways. Companies and engineers choose NEi Nastran for its innovation and support.

Keep the comments and emails coming and we’ll all learn more together. But, please, keep it civil and constructive.

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