DS strengthens composites sim

Dassault Systèmes today announced that is has acquired Simulayt Limited, a provider of composites and advanced draping simulation technology. We all know composites are where it’s at in terms of reducing weight while meeting performance requirements, so this...

RAND focuses on profit

Rand Worldwide yesterday reported fiscal 2011 revenue of $89.2 million and net income of $1.8 million. Since this is the first year of reporting after the reverse merger of Rand and Avatech, along with a change in the fiscal year-end, it is difficult to draw...

News you may have missed, 16 Sept

The industry’s acquisition binge continues, with news of a new deal just about every week: Bentley invests in TEEC Bentley Systems announced yesterday that the company has taken a minority equity stake in The Engineering Essentials Company (TEEC) and placed a person...

Siemens PLM, Boston, Rain

Last week I got to spend several days with the Siemens PLM team at their annual analyst event. Rain poured down outside as the remnants of another hurricane washed by but we were toasty dry inside, taking in over 20 hours of presentations, demos and meetings. I know I...

Autodesk ramps up its plant offering

Earlier this week, Autodesk announced the release of the Autodesk Plant Design Suite, 3 flavors of integrated apps that support multidisciplinary plant design. You can go here for the details of what is in the standard, premium and ultimate suites packages or to...

What you might have missed, 1 Sept

A lot happened while I was on vacation, and I’m still trying to catch up. A couple more headline-y bits from the overflowing inbox: Spaceclaim 2011+Spaceclaim last week announced the 2011+ release of its eponymous software. This release has a heavy focus on building...

Robots and speed at SolidWorks 2012 launch

I spent yesterday in Concord, Massachusetts, home of the Minuteman, the “shot heard round the world” and other US Revolutionary War sites, but I wasn’t there for the history. SolidWorks invited press and analysts to its world headquarters for a...

What you might have missed, 23 August

So I went on vacation last week. And the world of engineering software kept going, perhaps even ramped up a bit even though I wasn’t around to pay attention. Here are a few of the news bits I found most compelling from my time away: SGI acquires OpenCFDLast week SGI...

News roundup for August 12

Last week’s earnings fever has died down, but there were still a couple of items of note this week when much of the northern hemisphere is on vacation: CENIT CENIT reported this week that it saw “increased demand … especially from the manufacturing industry and...

Makers, the new super geeks?

Autodesk’s acquisitive ways continue as the company today announced its purchase of Instructables, a website that lets people share their do-it-yourself (“DIY”) project ideas. There are many interesting aspects to this acquisition – not the least of...