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Autodesk Completes Firehole Composites Acquisition

SAN RAFAEL, CA, Mar 20, 2013 - Autodesk Inc has completed the acquisition of Firehole Technologies (DBA Firehole Composites), 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. Firehole Composites is based in Laramie, Wyoming.

Buzz Kross, senior vice president for design, lifecycle and simulation products, said that 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. 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. They welcome the Firehole employees and customers to the Autodesk community.

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.

About Autodesk

Autodesk, Inc., is a leader in professional and personal 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Autodesk tools help unlock the creativity in everyone, from children and hobbyists to design and engineering professionals. Customers across the manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, digital art and entertainment industries, including the last 17 Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects, use Autodesk software, mobile apps, cloud services and communities to design, visualize, simulate and communicate their ideas.

For more information, visit www.autodesk.com.

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