Earlier today Autodesk announced their intent to purchase Birmingham based software developer, Delcam. The company is said to have agreed a £172.5 million deal with Autodesk, expected to be finalised in Autodesks first quarter of fiscal 2015.
Delcam is one of the world’s leading suppliers of advanced CAD/CAM solutions for the manufacturing industry. They supply a range of different design, manufacturing and inspection software which provides complete automated CAD/CAM solutions to usher complex shaped products from concept through to reality – an attribute Autodesk will be keen to exploit.
“Today we are taking an important step on our path toward delivering a better manufacturing experience,” said Carl Bass, Autodesk president and CEO. “Together Autodesk and Delcam will help further the development and implementation of technology for digital manufacturing.”
This somewhat surprising announcement goes a long way towards cementing Autodesks wanting desire to provide a fully integrated work stream throughout the product life cycle. With both HSMWorks and Delcam under the Autodesk umbrella the future would certainly look promising for the digital manufacturing community.
One of delcams most widely used products is FeatureCAM, an easy to use CAM software for milling machines, turning and turn/mill centres, and wire EDMs, but the company have a lot more to offer in terms of PowerMILL, PowerINSPECT and their CAD offering PowerSHAPE - all of which have several features and benefits you could see working well within existing Autodesk Inventor Products.
“I am very excited by the opportunities from combining Delcam with Autodesk to create a compelling platform from which to service both companies’ manufacturing clients,” said Clive Martell, Delcam CEO. “The offer is at a level which recognizes the potential of Delcam and provides an attractive opportunity for shareholders to realize value for their current holdings in cash, while at the same time opening up new opportunities for our staff and partners operating within the wider platform of the Autodesk group.”
It’s good to see Autodesk making a dent in the manufacturing world, and even though it will be a gruelling wait to see how they utilise Delcams software, i'm sure it will be worthwhile.
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