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
As DARPA gets ready to kick off the first of three FANG (Fast, Adaptable, Next-Generation Ground Vehicle) Challenges next month, the engineering community at large is closer to being able to test drive META, a new set of design tools that promise to fundamentally change the process of complex systems design. Continue reading
Autodesk is shedding weight in one area, but also gaining in another. The design software titan is trimming 7% of its workforce, which works out to approximately 500 positions. But, according to Noah Cole, the company’s senior PR manager, “We are planning to hire approximately the same number of positions as will be eliminated.” Continue reading
The scale and frequency with which simulation is performed today — usually in tens of thousands — have spawned a new class of software, targeting simulation process management. Dassault Systemes‘ Isight falls into this category.
“Isight provides designers, engineers, and researchers with an open system for integrating design and simulation models — created with various CAD, CAE and other software applications — to automate the execution of hundreds or thousands of simulations,” according to Dassault. “Isight allows users to save time and improve their products by optimizing them against performance or cost metrics through statistical methods such as Design of Experiments (DOE) or Design for Six Sigma.” Continue reading
In 2007, addressing the press crowd inside Zeum Theater in San Francisco, Autodesk CEO Carl Bass took a few jabs at his competitors who specialize in PLM (product lifecycle management) software suites. His memorable words were, “The only people who need PLM are the ones selling PLM … PLM is a solution in search of a problem.”
This week at Autodesk University (AU) conference in Las Vegas, Bass faced the same members of the trade press (more or less) and said, “When I looked back at my anti-PLM rap, it pleased me that we didn’t do it until we could do it right.”
With these words, Autodesk prepares for battle with the big three in PLM: Dassault Systemes, PTC, and Siemens PLM Software. Continue reading