Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division, based in Cobham, Surrey, UK, has entered into an agreement to acquire AMendate, a start-up company located in Paderborn, Germany, which provides simulation software solutions to support the generation and optimisation of designs for Additive Manufacturing. AMendate will reportedly join Hexagon’s MSC Software business, which offers computer-aided engineering (CAE) simulation software and services.
AMendate was founded in 2018 by a team of researchers from Paderborn University and the Direct Manufacturing Research Center (DMRC), Paderborn, an industrial/academic consortium established in 2008 by Boeing, EOS, and other commercial partners. According to Hexagon, with the acquisition, MSC is positioned to offer its customers a shift away from general-purpose optimisation technologies to a purpose-built software solution for Additive Manufacturing, enabling the efficient production of highly complex components and providing users with benefits including material savings and weight reduction. AMendate’s technology is reported to significantly reduce the inefficient manual effort that can slow AM workflows, allowing work steps to be completed in days rather than weeks.
Paolo Guglielmini, CEO, MSC Software, stated, “The AMendate acquisition directly addresses a major obstacle during design for companies shifting to Additive Manufacturing processes. It enhances our Smart Factory solutions by minimising time-to-print. We are proud to welcome AMendate to the MSC team, and we look forward to what we will accomplish together.”
“With MSC being one of the most renowned developers for software solutions in CAE, we are incredibly excited to introduce our generative design technology to its customers,” commented Dr Thomas Reiher, CEO & Co-Founder, AMendate GmbH. “The integration of AMendate’s software in MSC’s established simulation technologies such as Simufact and MSC Apex will enable us to further enhance our technology even faster and make its benefits available to a global audience.”
The AMendate transaction is expected to close early in the third quarter 2019 and is subject to customary closing conditions.