Joe Anand is ceo of Mecsoft, maker of such CAM software as VisualMill and FreeMill. Yesterday he launched the company's new blog with a couple of thought-provoking articles. One on the state of manufacturing in the USA, the other on Autodesk's acquisition of the Solidworks-only CAM software from HSMworks of Denmark.
On the HSMworks matter, you can read the whole thing at http://www.mecsoft.com/blog/hsmworks-acquired-by-autodesk/. Suffice to say, he thinks it'll mostly be a win-lose-lose situation for the many parties affected. His theory is that HSMworks was running out of cash, and was looking to be bought out.
Now over on Dezignstuff, Matt Lombard has a differnt theory, that maybe HSMworks was running scared of Solidworks V6 and the unknowns Dassault Systemes has distributed for the many years through which they've said too little. This are the devastating lines from HSMworks for all Solidworks third-party developers:
We reached out to people as recent as last month in an effort to get any information that might shed some light on the future direction of SolidWorks [V6], the SolidWorks Partner program, or the SolidWorks OEM program. No one could tell us anything.
Read it at http://www.dezignstuff.com/blog/?p=7803