cfdAutodesk signed a deal to buy Blue Ridge Numerics, Inc. for 39 Million USD, and are expected to close the deal in Early 2012.

Blue Ridge Numerics. has been developing Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) technology since 1992. Their products are implemented in numerous industries such as Electronics, Medical, Manufacturing, and AEC/MEP applications. Acquiring their CFdesign technology represents yet another in a series of  corporate purchases, strategically timed to significant reduce the number of hurdles that Autodesk would have needed to evercome.

“Simulation represents a significant growth area for Autodesk, and we are focused on strengthening our portfolio in this area both organically and through acquisitions,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president of the Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk.

Autodesk should do very well for themselves in this acquisition. Integration of more CFD technology into their design tools, and may open up a new area of growth in various products such as Inventor, Algor Simulation, and Revit Architecture. Additionally Autodesk said that it intends to pursue a multi-cad approach, similar to Algor Simulation, where data can be exchanged smoothly from FCdesign products to other CAD software.

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