Autodesk acquires Delcam

First HSMWorks now Delcam – what is Autodesks strategy? 

In October 2012, Autodesk bought HSMWorks, a year on, they have integrated 2 1/2 Axis CAM called HSMXpress, free for Inventor users and look to be releasing HSMWorks on subscription cloud based version for 3 axis or more.

Delcam is a mature and reputable offering with more than milling and turning with support for robotics as well, which leads me to believe that Autodesks motives are to take market share from DS CATIA and Siemens NX in the Automotive and Aerospace.they have Class-A Surfacing, Simulation and PLM; it seems the missing link is CAM.

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With these acquisitions, they have taken over 2 DS Solidworks’ Gold Partners in the process, strengthening what I call E-OPC-E: Enhancing Others Peoples CAD Environments, with products in Design, Simulation, Visualisation, PDM/PLM and now CAM that work with the major CAD platforms and fill gaps that these platforms have or offer a better alternative. That’s just in Manufacturing.

In Australia or at least my local State, Victoria, many people who know of Autodesk, know it by AutoCAD and don’t realise that they have strong offerings, market leading and industry standard applications with over 60 products in their Portfolio, but that’s another topic…


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