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Altair scales up with Multiscale Design Systems

Acquisition news continues to roll. Yesterday, Altair announced that it has acquired Multiscale Design Systems, makers of the MDS suite of products that enable modeling, simulation, testing and optimization using multiple spatial and temporal scales. I know, I...

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ESI goes big — data, that is

ESI Group is on a roll, announcing two acquisitions in less than a week. Today, the company said it is acquiring the assets of Picviz Labs, which creates data-mining and cyber-security technologies. Picviz Inspector enables users to examine large, complex datasets...

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Hexagon acquires Q-DAS for factory optimization

Two acquisitions in a weekend -- consolidation continues as engineering software suppliers broaden their reach, hunt for new customers and deepen their hold on existing clients. We wrote on Saturday about ESI's acquisition of CIVITEC, which will enable it to...

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ESI gets deeper into automotive controls

ESI announced today that it is acquiring CIVITEC, maker of Pro-SiVIC, a platform for the modeling and simulation of sensors in what it calls "perception assistance systems". You've seen the commercial for the car that parallel parks itself: how does it know where it...

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Very quick: Intergraph acquires Visual Vessel Design

Dashing to the airport (from warm and lovely San Diego, to a cold and possibly snowy Boston -- what am I thinking?!) and just got an email announcing that Intergraph has acquired Ohmtech, makers of Visual Vessel Design, an analytical tool to design pressure vessels,...

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ESI reports strong close to 2014, ends with growth

ESI last week reported results for Q4 and the fiscal year ended January 31, 2015 that were surprisingly strong, with Q4 total revenue up 8% as reported to €49 million, boosting full year revenue to €110 million, up 1.5%. That's quite a reversal, given that revenue...

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Q&A: Which is better?

I get asked this a lot: Which is better, NX or CATIA? ANSYS or Nastran? Which Nastran? Onshape or Fusion 360? PDMS or SmartPlant? As with the last Q&A post, I see that search engines deposit you at Schnitger Corp as you try to discover what others recommend. I...

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ASNE highlights need for affordable, flexible ships

It's ASNE time again, when the US naval engineering community gets together to figure out how to better spend the scarce resource that is taxpayer money in the defense of the nation. I wrote last year about the dynamics of the US shipbuilding industry—mostly military,...

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Onshape’s here! Finally, we can talk about it …

Onshape, the latest CAD company founded by Jon Hirschtick, John McEleney and other names you likely recognize, took the wraps off this morning to finally let us talk about the worst-kept secret in the CAD world. To skip right to the part you probably care about: What...

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FARO snaps up kubit

Well, well, well. Another independent, gobbled up. FARO, maker of laser scanners for metrology (very tight tolerances) and infrastructure applications (huge data sets, accurate, often outdoors) just acquired kubit, a German company that has been a leader in developing...

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Autodesk’s FQ4 caps off a great year

Last night, Autodesk reported results for fiscal Q4 and fiscal 2015 (ended January 31) that, well, beat just about all expectations. I need to study the details but: Total revenue was up 13% percent to $665 million in FQ4, versus an analyst consensus of $650 million...

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Rand’s CQ4 suffers from a tough comparable in 2013

Rand Worldwide’s fiscal Q2, ending on December 31, 2014 revenue was down as reported year/year (y/y) to $22.4 million — but, excluding one really big sale a year ago, total revenue was up nearly 8%. You may remember that Rand has been reinventing itself, buying back...

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MSC acquires Simufact for forming, welding

MSC Software just announced that it has acquired Simufact, maker of Simufact.forming and Simufact.welding, nonlinear simulation software technology for manufacturers. Yes, for forming and welding -- it costs a lot of money to trial these manufacturing processes, and...

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