Siemens unleashes the potential of 3D printing

Siemens unleashes the potential of 3D printing

Ahh, Fall! Here in the Northern hemisphere, a time of cooler temperatures, changing foliage and … PLMish conferences. Analyst events, user conferences, product launches — it’s a busy time in our little world. In order to keep up with it all,...
Altair revs its rendering engine

Altair revs its rendering engine

Altair revs its rendering engine Altair announced today that it has acquired Solid Iris Technologies, maker of the Thea Render photorealistic rendering engine that’s already in use in Altair’s solidThinking Evolve concept design solution. Thea Render...
Quickie: GE all in on 3D printing

Quickie: GE all in on 3D printing

General Electric, the global megacorp that includes aircraft engines in its huge manufacturing portfolio, announced today that it is acquiring two European 3D printing companies for a total of $1.4 billion, making ever more real its vision to supply more complex...
Quickie: GE all in on 3D printing

Big changes coming at ANSYS

ANSYS just announced that longtime CEO Jim Cashman will be stepping aside as CEO but will remain with ANSYS as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Taking the CEO reins will be Dr. Ajei Gopal, who has been a member of ANSYS’ Board since 2011. Dr. Gopal became...
Quickie: GE all in on 3D printing

Quickies: Acquisitions continue in the PLMish world

Just because you’re lying on a beach, don’t assume everyone is. We’ve had a couple of acquisition announcements come across the transom in the last week, and they’re noteworthy. SofTech continues its shift in focus away from PLM. You may have...
Q&A Friday: CD-adapco and CAE at the Olympics

Q&A Friday: CD-adapco and CAE at the Olympics

It’s a gorgeous summer day here in New England — a perfect time for a little A to some of the Qs that have come in to the Schnitger Corp. website: Who is the CEO of CD-adapco? Bob Ryan has been the CEO of CD-adapco since June. You may know Mr. Ryan from...
Quickie: GE all in on 3D printing

Hexagon acquisition boosts construction accountability

Dire reports about poor productivity on construction sites (plus, to be honest, the public perception that most workers are just standing around) means that this is an industry ripe for PLMization. Bentley, Trimble and Autodesk have been selling technology to this...
Quickie: GE all in on 3D printing

PTC’s FQ3 shows surprising demand for subs

It’s big-boy PLMish earnings week and, so far, so good. PTC on Wednesday (and Dassault Systèmes on Thursday, blog post in the works) reported that demand remains solid. PTC customers’ appetite for subscriptions continues to surprise as it came in...
Quickie: GE all in on 3D printing

Quickie: DS to acquire CST for €220 million

Dassault Systèmes announced its Q2 results this morning (good, acceleration expected in the second half of the year) and also said that it has agreed to acquire acquire Computer Simulation Technology AG (CST), a maker of electromagnetic and electronics simulation, for...
Quickie: GE all in on 3D printing

Quickie: PTC’s FQ3 is right where they said it would be

Sorry to interrupt your beach day, but it’s earnings season and PTC just reported that FQ3 GAAP revenue was $289 million, right in the middle of the target of $287 million to $292 million, and down 5% from a year ago. You’ll recall that PTC is (also,...
Pokémon GO could change the world of design and engineering

Pokémon GO could change the world of design and engineering

You may have seen the news stories about Pokémon GO, the app for iPhones and Android phones, that has human beings glued to their phones while running around in the real world trying to capture Pokémon cartoon characters. Players use their phone’s camera to find...
Platforms take CAE’s digital twin to real life

Platforms take CAE’s digital twin to real life

If you think about it, we are at the convergence of a number of technological trends that will change how we design products, even as those products become complicated combos of mechanical, electronic, software and control systems. But it’s not all technology;...
Quickie: GE all in on 3D printing

Autodesk acquires PCB design for Fusion 360

Interesting. I just saw that Autodesk has acquired Cadsoft Computer GmbH, a German company, from Premier Farnell. Premier Farnell distributes electronics components though many different channels, including online markets,and maintains the element14 online...
Autodesk’s Forge DevCon opens a world of possibility

Autodesk’s Forge DevCon opens a world of possibility

Have you ever been to a DevCon? I hadn’t been to one until a few weeks ago, when I was lucky enough to attend Autodesk’s Forge DevCon in San Francisco. It’s very, very cool. Hacker meets maker, lots of laptops and not a suit in sight. A dev con is a...
PLM’s platform play

PLM’s platform play

Platforms are hot right now, but they’re hardly a new idea. I learned a few weeks ago from Dr. Marshall Van Alstyne (whose research is accessible here) that newspapers, which connect advertisers to consumers, are platforms. HMOs connect physicians and patients....