Engineers tasked with doing complicated fluids analysis in mechanical and electromechanical design will have one less software vendor to choose from—but the same number of software products.
Pittsburgh-based finite-element analysis developer ANSYS is buying CFX, a developer of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software. The latter's product, called CFX 5, is a mainstay of engineers in automotive, aerospace, biomedical, and power-generation applications. ANSYS already had previously purchased ICEM CFD Engineering. ANSYS President James Cashman III says that the company will develop and market CFX and ICEM CFD independently. They compliment each other, he adds.
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Hosted CAD or PDM systems is an emerging technology that offers many advantages over traditional on premise workstation CAD configurations and is making many companies rethink how to deliver future CAD software solutions.
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