Quickie: Dassault Systemes acquires Xflow

Dec 9, 2016 | Hot Topics

Dassault Systemes just announced that it has acquired Next Limit Dynamics, whose CFD solution, XFlow, is used across industries for an undisclosed amount. The press release says that Next Limit had revenue of about €1.6 million in 2015.

Recall that DS famously said it thought CD-adapco was overpriced when it was acquired by Siemens — but the company did indicate that it was interested in adding CFD to its portfolio. DS CEO Bernard Charles said today,“Next Limit Dynamics is a young, dynamic company whose highly experienced research and development team and forward-looking CFD method, integrated in a multiphysics, multiscale 3DEXPERIENCE platform, are transformational to the innovation process.”

David Holman, General Manager, Next Limit Dynamics said that XFlow’s Lattice Boltzmann simulation technology (similar to Exa’s) , has been over ten years in the making. “Today’s products are becoming more sophisticated, making engineering problems increasingly complex. Our disruptive method avoids the highly time-consuming preparation tasks typically required by traditional CFD approaches. This frees engineers to focus more attention on design evaluation and optimization. As an integrated part of Dassault Systemes, our technology can better address this complexity and support the work of engineers who are using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.”

You may recall that Xflow was, for a time, closely tied to MSC Software as that company sought CFD, too. There is still some co-marketing activity but I’m not sure what will happen to that relationship, given today’s news. I’m also not clear on what happens to Maxwell Render, Next Limit’s tool for AEC rendering and effects. I’ve asked for clarification on both.