Autodesk has published a press release stating that the company has purchased Firehole Composites. This acquisition should finally add some badly needed composite technology to the analysis software lineup.
The purchased company, Firehole Technologies is based out of Wyoming, and offers products in the Firehole Composites product line such as Helius:MCT and Helius:CompositePro, which Autodesk says it intends to continue to sell and support.
No one has come forward with the terms of the acquisition, nor the manner in which the technology will be absorbed into Autodesk’s simulation and analysis product line. From the press release tone, I suspect the first to see these material analysis capabilities will be the Moldflow folks. Still Helius:MCT offers delamination determination capabilities that would fit quite nicely into Simulation.
The press release went on to offer the following quote:
“As manufacturers move to more complex material such as light weight composites, new simulation technology is required to predict and optimize the performance of these materials. This acquisition will enable Autodesk to deliver this technology to a broad spectrum of design and engineering industries,” said Buzz Kross, senior vice president for Design, Lifecycle and Simulation products. “The Firehole team will add significant expertise in next generation materials and non-linear analysis, as well as industry-leading technologies that strongly complement our solutions for structural, thermal and plastics analysis. We welcome the Firehole employees and customers to the Autodesk community.”
Images were sourced from Firehole.com