Firehole Composites acquired by Autodesk

Autodesk says it will sell and support the existing Firehole Composites product line of composites design and analysis software, including Helius:MCT and Helius:CompositePro.

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Autodesk Inc. (San Rafael, Calif., USA) reported on March 19 that it has completed the acquisition of Firehole Composites (Laramie, Wyo., USA), a privately held software company that specializes in design and analysis software for composite materials.

Through the acquisition, Autodesk will expand its expertise and technology to help its customers work with the next generation of lighter, stronger, safer and more energy efficient materials.

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. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

A spokesperson for Autodesk told CompositesWorld that the Firehole team of approximately 15 people will continue to be based in Laramie as part of the Autodesk Design, Lifecycle and Simulation (DLS) product organization. Autodesk intends to continue to enhance and support the Firehole Helius products and to make them available for purchase. Autodesk will invest in integrating Autodesk technologies into the Helius products where appropriate. 

“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. This acquisition will enable Autodesk to deliver this technology to a broad spectrum of design and engineering industries,” says 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. We welcome the Firehole employees and customers to the Autodesk community.”