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Autodesk to acquire Blue Ridge Numerics

By Design Engineering Staff   


CAD leader looks to add CFD analysis to its CAE line-up

San Rafael, Calif.–To round out its CAE software offerings, Autodesk, Inc. announced it will acquire Blue Ridge Numerics, Inc., and its line of computational fluid dynamics software, for approximately $39 million in cash.

The acquisition will add the Charlottesville, Virginia-based company’s Cfdesign, used for fluid flow and thermal simulation, to Autodesk’s FEA software, Autodesk Algor Simulation and injection moulding simulation software, Autodesk Moldflow.

“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.

Following the acquisition, Autodesk says it will integrate Blue Ridge Numerics into its Manufacturing Industry Group and continue developing CFdesign with a multi-CAD approach, allowing data exchange between the CFD software and multiple CAD applications.


The transaction is expected to close in Autodesk’s first quarter of fiscal 2012, which ends on April 30, 2011.


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