Autodesk finally took the wraps off its Simulation 360 offering, which lets customers run flow, thermal, and stress analysis in the cloud with a pay-as-you-go pricing model that’s intended to both make designers more aware of and engaged with simulation and insert simulation into their existing design processes. I’ll be talking to an early adopter later this week, but for now you can check out Autodesk’s Simulation Liberation page (yes, just a wee bit of hype) for more info.
Sticking with simulation, MSC Software today announced that it’s entering into the services realm via an agreement with with HBM-nCode to offer fatigue materials testing. MSC’s Leslie Bodnar tell me that this is a critical part of MSC’s strategy to become the “premier fatigue and durability solution provider” — and that requires detailed material properties data. The testing will be done at HBM-nCode’s facility in the UK (and possibly at other facilities as the program grows) on a custom basis. This announcement is important because MSC has been very quiet of late and it’s interesting to see that nothing is off the table in its reinvention — a services offering like this is very important but can often not have the right level of profit for a public company.
Last, just to the inbox, is Siemens‘ announcement that it is acquiring Perfect Costing Solutions GmbH, a developer of (you’ll never guess) product cost management and estimation software solutions for the discrete manufacturing industry. The company’s headquarters are in Goeppingen, Germany and it has 50 world-wide employees. Its products are installed at over 240 customers with 8000 users, mainly in the automotive industry. Details of the transaction were not made public. Siemens PLM’s CEO Chuck Grindstaff is quoted in the press release as saying that “Perfect Costing Solutions GmbH … help[s] our customers make more informed decisions about their products beginning in the early stages of design and extending across the lifecycle.”