This week’s Siemens PLM Software NX CAE Symposium 2013 at the University of Cincinnati featured more than two dozen presentations, roundtables, and panel discussions, as well as two workshop tracks. Siemens PLM Software NX customers explained how they used the software to simulate everything from tiny 0.015mm cardiovascular stents to huge, ship-based cranes and heavy-lift rockets. While the simulation projects were varied, there was a common theme running throughout the symposium: the need to reduce cycle times via collaboration and system-level engineering. Continue reading
RTT, already well-known among automotive manufacturers for its DeltaGen 3D visualization software, is snatching up Los Angeles-based Bunkspeed, another rendering software developer. So why is a company with its own renderer buying another renderer? The answer rests with the different markets the products target. Continue reading
Today, in a transaction of undisclosed amount, DS acquired the Germany software maker known for its optimization packages: TOSCA Fluid and TOSCA Structure. DS already has a robust collection of simulation products, marketed under the SIMULIA brand. By acquiring FE-DESIGN, DS is boosting its current simulation offerings with the optimization technology in FE-DESIGN’s TOSCA products. Continue reading
Recent mergers and acquisitions in the simulation market reveal a growing appetite for composite expertise. The explanation is simple (and it’s going to sound like a pitch from a diet program): by gobbling up composite content, you can master the art of weight loss.
In aerospace and automotive, manufacturers aggressively pursue weight reduction because lighter products provide better fuel economy. The most recent discovery is that composite materials offer a serious advantage in weight reduction. Explaining its innovative approach to aircraft design, Airbus notes, “Composite materials maximize weight reduction — as they typically are 20% lighter than aluminum –- and are known to be more reliable than other traditional metallic materials, leading to reduced aircraft maintenance costs, and a lower number of inspections during service.”
Everyone in simulation wants a piece of the composite action. This has led to Autodesk’s acquisition of Firehole Technologies, Siemens PLM Software’s acquisition of Vistagy, MSC Software’s acquisition of E-Xtream, and more. This week, ANSYS joined the gold rush by gobbling up EVEN, based in Zurich, Switzerland. Continue reading
Take a gander at the bill of materials of many cars, planes, even sporting goods equipment and it’s no surprise that any company aiming to be a serious player in simulation needs to add a composite tool to their CAE mix.
Dassault Systems offers composite simulation as part of its CATIA 3D Experience platform, and Siemens PLM Software made an aggressive play to address simulation of composite materials with its 2011 acquisition of Vistagy, which has a huge following in the aerospace sector.
Now jumping into the fray is Autodesk, which has already built out a pretty robust simulation software portfolio via its acquisitions of Algor (for FEA capabilities), Blue Ridge Numerics (for CFD functionality), and MoldFlow (for injection-molding analysis). Its latest target is Firehole Technologies, a privately-held firm specializing in design and analysis software for composite materials. Continue reading