Hexagon goes Blom-y

Last week Hexagon AB, the parent company of Intergraph, Leica Geosystems and other brands you likely know if you follow engineering software, announced its intention to acquire 25% of the shares of Blom ASA for approximately €9 million. I held off writing about it...

ANSYS snaps up Esterel for mechatronics

Mechatronics, the combination of mechanisms and electronic control systems, is everywhere. In the old days, windows were cranked open. Now you push a button that activates a motor that lowers the window. That motor is an electrical system that likely has a chip in it...

AVEVA & Hexagon expand offerings

We interrupt the regularly scheduled blog to note two acquisitions this week (so far – it’s only Wednesday!). One is decidedly old-school, as AVEVA adds bocad’s structural detailing of steel, glass, wood and more to its portfolio. The other, by Hexagon, is...

DS models nature with Gemcom

By now you undoubtedly know that Dassault Systèmes had a very good first quarter 2012, with many aspects of its performance ahead of the objectives it set back in February. That’s all well and good, but what I found most interesting about its announcements last...

Quickies: DDD, Cybernet, ESI, Trimble, oh my

What a day for news! I’ve already blogged about PTC’s March quarter, tweeted a bit about Dassault Systèmes’ interesting announcements (and hope to blog about that tomorrow), but here are a couple of other important things you need to know about: 3D Systems announced...

Book review: Bentley Annual Report

Bentley Systems is an unusual company, in that it’s privately held yet gives an annual update on how the business is doing. The company held a conference call last month (blogged about here) and recently published its Annual Report which provides a bit more...

3D Systems expands into aero, medical

The news just keeps on coming — clearly, the engineering software space is in the throws of a massive acquisition binge. Today, 3D Systems announced that it has acquired Paramount Industries, a direct manufacturing and product development solutions provider to...

Makers: Objet and Stratasys merge

Last week, 3D Systems acquired My Robot Nation as it continues to broaden its reach to the consumer maker market. Today, Stratasys and Objet further heated up the 3D printing market on news that they would merge their two companies into the Stratasys brand. It’s a...

DDD acquires My Robot Nation

The move to bring ever more technology into the hands of makers picked up a bit more steam yesterday, as 3D Systems Corp. (DDD) announced that it has acquired My Robot Nation, a web platform that enables users to design and manufacture their own toy robots. It’s quite...

Quickies: AspenTech, Cimatron, Comet & MuM

Trying to keep up with the news flow isn’t easy this week! Here are a few tidbits that might have escaped your notice: Aspen Tech has acquired SolidSim Engineering GmbH, a provider of solids process modeling software. It’s a natural combination, since a lot of...