Quickie: Siemens snaps up Mentor Graphics

Quickie: Siemens snaps up Mentor Graphics

A couple of weeks ago, news broke that Mentor Graphics was “exploring options” — and the speculation started about who would acquire the maker of EDA and simulation software. (Recall that they acquired FloEFD maybe 10 years ago.) Well, now we know:...
Quickie: GE abandons offer to buy SLM

Quickie: GE abandons offer to buy SLM

I wrote in September about GE’s strategy to acquire German company SLM, maker of 3D printing machines, as part of an effort to build a $1 billion additive manufacturing business by 2020. It appears that Elliot Management (which you may remember as a long-time...
Autodesk transfers utility-industry products to SBS

Autodesk transfers utility-industry products to SBS

Autodesk and Spatial Business Systems (SBS) announced yesterday that further development of Autodesk’s utility industry products is being moved to SBS. This news affects users of the Autodesk Substation Design for Inventor, Autodesk Substation Design for...
Altair revs its rendering engine

Altair revs its rendering engine

Altair announced today that it has acquired Solid Iris Technologies, maker of the Thea Render photorealistic rendering engine that’s already in use in Altair’s solidThinking Evolve concept design solution. Thea Render results are gorgeous –check out...
Quickie: GE all in on 3D printing

Quickie: GE all in on 3D printing

General Electric, the global megacorp that includes aircraft engines in its huge manufacturing portfolio, announced today that it is acquiring two European 3D printing companies for a total of $1.4 billion, making ever more real its vision to supply more complex...
Quickies: Acquisitions continue in the PLMish world

Quickies: Acquisitions continue in the PLMish world

Just because you’re lying on a beach, don’t assume everyone is. We’ve had a couple of acquisition announcements come across the transom in the last week, and they’re noteworthy. SofTech continues its shift in focus away from PLM. You may have...
Hexagon acquisition boosts construction accountability

Hexagon acquisition boosts construction accountability

Dire reports about poor productivity on construction sites (plus, to be honest, the public perception that most workers are just standing around) means that this is an industry ripe for PLMization. Bentley, Trimble and Autodesk have been selling technology to this...
Quickie: DS to acquire CST for €220 million

Quickie: DS to acquire CST for €220 million

Dassault Systèmes announced its Q2 results this morning (good, acceleration expected in the second half of the year) and also said that it has agreed to acquire acquire Computer Simulation Technology AG (CST), a maker of electromagnetic and electronics simulation, for...