Autodesk buys Firehole Composites

CAD giant says acquisition will expand analysis software portfolio.

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by Design Engineering Staff

Autodesk announced it has completed the acquisition of Laramie, Wyoming-based Firehole Technologies (DBA Firehole Composites), a privately held software company that specializes in design and analysis software for composite materials. Through the acquisition, the company says it will expand its expertise and technology to help its customers work with the next generation of lighter, stronger, safer and more energy efficient materials.

“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,” 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.”

Autodesk intends to sell and support the existing Firehole Composites product line, which includes Helius:MCT and Helius:CompositePro, while enhancing the technology for closer integration with Autodesk solutions.