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...
Autodesk acquires PCB design for Fusion 360

Autodesk acquires PCB design for Fusion 360

Interesting. I just saw that Autodesk has acquired Cadsoft Computer GmbH, a German company, from Premier Farnell. Premier Farnell distributes electronics components though many different channels, including online markets,and maintains the element14 online...
AVEVA + Schneider a no-go

AVEVA + Schneider a no-go

In a very brief statement even by UK standards AVEVA just said, “Following the termination of the preliminary discussions between AVEVA Group Plc (“AVEVA”) and Schneider Electric SE, AVEVA has applied to the UKLA for the suspension of its shares to...
Deal and … maybe deal

Deal and … maybe deal

What happens when I spend the day on a plane? News! Briefly, AVEVA and Schneider Electric have resumed their tango. AVEVA today addressed press speculation by issuing an announcement that it was again in talks with Schneider Electric about a deal that would combine...