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Autodesk Releases Official Statement about NEi Nastran Purchase

The morning of our Autodesk Nastran press briefing in Lake Oswego, Autodesk released this official announcement regarding the NEi Nastran purchase.

The company has officially purchased the NEi intellectual property including NEi Nastran engine, one of the industry’s relied upon non-linear analysis solvers. While this doesn’t really change a lot for Siemens FEMAP users licensing the NEi Nastran solver for example, it does put the solver direction and intelligence directly in Autodesk’s lap.

This has allowed them to add Autdesk Nastran 2015 to Simulation Mechanical already, and to offer a new product for Autodesk Inventor and D’assault SolidWorks users called Autodesk Nastran In-CAD.

Autodesk Nastran In-CAD - Inventor Overview

The press release offered the following statement from Ian Pendlebury, Senior Director of Simulation at Autodesk:

“Since 2005 Autodesk has been consistently adding new technology to its Simulation platform with the goal of building a comprehensive cloud-based portfolio that spans Finite Element Analysis, Computational Fluid Dynamics, plastics and composite solutions…Autodesk’s acquisition of NEi Software and the introduction of Autodesk Nastran and Autodesk Nastran In-CAD reinforce this long-term strategy to broaden our footprint in the mechanical simulation market as part of Autodesk’s Digital Prototyping toolset.”

After the press meeting this week, we were able to sit down with Autodesk and NEi’s executives and discuss the direction the company is taking and exactly how much of the NEi IP was purchased. Those details and more will follow this announcement.

YouTube imagery and video furnished courtesy of Autodesk, Inc.

  • Pieter

    Well I hope that the In Cad Nastran option will replace the very dated current FEA module inside Inventor Pro.
    Now we just need the other modules (Dynamic Simulation, Tube and pipe) to also improve so that it can compete with the likes of Solid Works. And where can we find an in cad CFD solution?

  • John Evans

    Replace, no. It is planned as a compliment, but as a separate license I’m afraid. Check back in a few days and we’ll have the specifics on that. It’s called Nastran In-CAD 2015.

  • Replace… no. It is planned as a compliment to Inventor Professional and needs to be purchased as a separate license. It is being called Autodesk Nastran In-CAD. Check back in the next few days for a complete write-up on that and the rest of the simulation plans.

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