SIMULIA shines the spotlight on topology optimization

SIMULIA shines the spotlight on topology optimization

Dassault Systèmes recently announced the acquisition of FE-DESIGN Group, makers of TOSCA for topology optimization. DS’ SIMULIA brand had already released a TOSCA-based Abaqus product, Abaqus ATOM, and the relationship between SIMULIA and FE-DESIGN was good, so...
CAE competence management: are we ready?

CAE competence management: are we ready?

There’s an apocryphal story in CAE: A number of years ago, an auto company decided to see how consistently CAE was applied across its organization. Management asked a number of individual analysts to solve the same problem using the same code. Lo and behold,...
MSC’s Digimat opens up use of advanced materials

MSC’s Digimat opens up use of advanced materials

MSC Software last month announced that it had acquired e-Xstream engineering, most known for its Digimat products for advanced materials simulation. This acquisition follows on the heels of a partnerships between MSC and HBM-nCode for fatigue testing, giving MSC what...
Buy, buy, buy: DDD, Autodesk, Bentley, MSC, The Foundry

Buy, buy, buy: DDD, Autodesk, Bentley, MSC, The Foundry

I go away for a couple of days, and what happens: merger mania. We’ll dive into a one or two of these in more detail as the week goes on, but here are the high points: 3D Systems acquires a company with the coolest name ever: TIM, The Innovative Modelmakers...
Quickies: Autodesk Sim, MSC, Siemens

Quickies: Autodesk Sim, MSC, Siemens

Once again, news is flowing faster than normal human beings can keep up. More on each of these as time permits, but for now: Autodesk finally took the wraps off its Simulation 360 offering, which lets customers run flow, thermal, and stress analysis in the cloud with...

MSC’s customer focus pays off

The tagline for the MSC Software user conference last week was “MSC Reloaded” — and, in many ways, that appeared to be the case. I didn’t think to ask, but if the analogy of “aim –> fire –> reload –> fire” is being made, MSC is very nearly...

Acquisition mania

I’ve been working on a mid-year update of my market numbers for CAE (which show better than expected growth to date in 2011) and am stunned by the rapid pace of acquisitions we’ve seen this year. It’s one thing to note them as they happen, but when...

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...

MSC acquires FFT, Actran

MSC Software today announced that it has acquired the Belgian company Free Field Technologies (FFT), a provider of acoustics and NVH simulation software for the automotive, aerospace and other industries. MSC’s press release says that “bringing FFT together with MSC’s...

MSC gets into CFD – in a big way

I’m on the road –so this needs to be brief– but you need to know that MSC announced today that it has entered into a strategic agreement with Next Limit Technologies (you likely know of their Maxwell Render product for visualization and effects) to market,...