Autodesk acquires PlassoTech

Aug. 31, 2007

Autodesk, Inc. ( has acquired California-based PlassoTech, a supplier of analysis and simulation software for the mechanical design market. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Autodesk said the acquisition of PlassoTech will allow Autodesk to enhance the simulation and optimization capabilities found in Autodesk Inventor 3D CAD software making it easier than ever for customers to simulate, optimize and validate a complete digital prototype.

“Our goal is to provide the most comprehensive and easy-to-use digital prototyping solution on the market,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president of Autodesk Manufacturing Solutions. “The acquisition of PlassoTech will provide our customers with integrated simulation tools and sophisticated analysis functionality that complements their Digital Prototyping workflows.”

PlassoTech technology allows FEA calculations in categories such as linear static stress, steady state thermal, thermal stress, modal and frequency analysis, optimization and buckling. It also includes advanced functionalities to test dynamic stress, transient thermal, and large deformation analysis of solid and shell models with various contact conditions.

Autodesk plans to integrate PlassoTech technology into the Inventor product family, augmenting existing finite element analysis (FEA) tools. The technology can bring several advantages to Auttodesk’s Inventor product line, including: The ability to perform analysis on entire assemblies, as well as individual parts; the ability to perform analysis based on real-world structural and thermal conditions; and advanced-ease-of use and performance superiority with a fully integrated simulation solution.