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Autodesk adds another piece to its manufacturing software offer by acquiring HSMWorks Technology

HSMWorks Technology adds CAM tools to the Autodesk portfolio. How long before CAM software moves to the cloud?

The wording of the announcement had that familiar ring - "Autodesk Inc has acquired certain assets of HSMWorks...". The goal of the acquisition is simple - add NC-manufacturing software to Autodesk's manufacturing portfolio. Currently that portfolio consists of design, visualization, PDM/PLM, and simulation tools. But once the virtual prototyping has been done, the next step is ... build it. A logical extension for Autodesk.

Robert "Buzz" Kross, who runs the mechanical business at Autodesk was quoted, "Autodesk has a long history of making design and engineering technology more accessible, and we look forward to bringing HSMWorks’ CAM technology to a broader group of users."

As for moving CAM to a cloud-model, let's wait and hear more from Autodesk. In any case, important components of Autodesk's offer - PLM 360 and Simulation 360 - are already in the cloud which means that integration with these cloud services will be forthcoming at the very least. 

Read more about Autodesk's cloud-based simulation plans.

Read the press release on Autodesk's acquisition of HSMWorks.