Autodesk Integrates Simulation Company Into Offerings

Company is bullish on the expansion of its services.

Autodesk, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Ridge Numerics, a provider of simulation software, for approximately $39 million in cash.

Charlottesville, Virginia-based Blue Ridge Numerics' CFdesign technology will be an important addition to the Autodesk simulation software portfolio for manufacturers. It will broaden the Autodesk solution for digital prototyping to provide customers with a spectrum of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) capabilities that help automate fluid flow and thermal simulation decision-making for designs, while eliminating costly physical prototyping cycles.

Blue Ridge Numerics' CFdesign software allows mechanical and building system engineers to virtually test and predict real-world behavior of new and existing designs and eliminate expensive physical prototyping cycles in the lab. Its CFD software allows engineers to make informed, up-front decisions about air flow, fluid flow or electronics cooling to help design and manufacture safer, quality products or construct more energy efficient buildings.

Upon completion of the acquisition, Autodesk's intent is to integrate Blue Ridge Numerics into its Manufacturing Industry Group and to continue developing and selling Blue Ridge Numerics CFdesign products, supporting Blue Ridge Numerics customers and integrating them into the Autodesk Manufacturing Community. Autodesk is also committed to continue developing the Blue Ridge Numerics products with a multi-CAD approach, allowing direct data exchange between CFdesign products and multiple computer aided design software offerings.

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