AU 2015 – something for everyone, even Star Wars fans

AU 2015 – something for everyone, even Star Wars fans

By any measure, Autodesk University is big. 800+ sessions. 10,000 attendees in Las Vegas and a lot more watching the web-streamed sessions from home, during and after the event. The Venetian and Palazzo complex filled to overflowing with design techies of all sorts,...
Browser, new UI & consistent focus in SolidWorks 2016

Browser, new UI & consistent focus in SolidWorks 2016

SolidWorks debuted its 2016 release a couple of weeks ago and officially released it last week —you should check out its 300+ enhancements/major fixes at solidworks.com or by attending an event hosted by your favorite reseller— but it’s tough to sum up in 1000 words....
HxGN Live: where software, data, sensors meet

HxGN Live: where software, data, sensors meet

Hexagon shepherds to market such diverse offerings as Vero’s CAM software, Intergraph Process, Power and Marine’s SmartPlant, CADWorx and plant-specific simulation solutions, Leica laser scanners and Hexagon Metrology optical probes (for manufacturing tolerance...
PTC’s FQ2 was an up/down mix with lots of potential

PTC’s FQ2 was an up/down mix with lots of potential

Remember how PTC shocked everyone at the beginning of the month when they announced that the first calendar quarter/second fiscal quarter of 2015 was OK, but they were rejigging the business to better meet new goals? Yes? Well, last night PTC gave much more detail...
3D Systems + Cimatron a done deal — circle get tighter

3D Systems + Cimatron a done deal — circle get tighter

3D Systems announced today that it has completed its acquisition of Cimatron for $97 million. We all knew it was coming, after the deal was first confirmed back in November, but it’s still a bit of a shock to realize that there are just two large, pureplay CAM...
3D Systems snaps up Cimatron for just under $100 million

3D Systems snaps up Cimatron for just under $100 million

3D Systems and Cimatron today announced that 3D Systems will acquire all outstanding shares of Cimatron for $8.97 per share in cash for a total of around $97 million, including cash. That $8.97 is a 48% premium to Cimatron’s closing price on the Nasdaq on...
Vero snapped up by … Hexagon?

Vero snapped up by … Hexagon?

Early today, Hexagon announced that it is acquiring Vero Software, the UK CAM company that itself is a composite of brands like Alphacam, Edgecam, Radan, SURFCAM, VISI, Cabinet Vision, and WorkNC. To call it “Vero” isn’t complete but it does the job:...
Rethinking CAM: Let’s Go Back to Where It All Began

Rethinking CAM: Let’s Go Back to Where It All Began

Did you know that CAD technology came about, in part, to feed our growing need for advanced manufacturing processes? By the 1970s, even the best machine operators couldn’t manually generate the instructions for machining complex automotive and aerospace shapes...
Morning coffee: economy, earnings, deals & news

Morning coffee: economy, earnings, deals & news

Welcome to a new week! Since we know you had an excellent weekend, overdosing on Olympic coverage, you forgot all that happened last week. Pour yourself a hot beverage and let’s do a quick recap. It’s the Economy … According to payroll data, the US...
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