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November 26, 2013

Cornell gets donation of $51 mil' worth of Autodesk software


Autodesk CEO Carl Bass started Ithaca Software when a student at the New York university

Autodesk, headquartered in San Rafael, Calif,. last month donated over $51 million worth of 3D design, engineering and entertainment software to Ithaca, N.Y.-based Cornell University, the alma mater of CEO Carl Bass (Class of 1978), who launched Ithaca Software Inc. with classmates when he was a student there. His company was purchased by Autodesk.

“This donation will provide powerful opportunities for exploration and education,” said Cornell Provost Kent Fuchs. “We’ve been handed an amazing set of tools by Autodesk, and I look forward to seeing what Cornell’s students and faculty can create using them.”

Autodesk’s gift includes its Education Master Suite, the Entertainment Creation Suite, Vault Pro, VRED Pro, 3D visualization software, and Moldflow Insight Premium, a simulation software that facilitates injection mold and plastic parts design.

Professor Lynden Archer, the Director of the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is one of many members of the faculty already using the software in his classes.

“Powerful products such as Moldflow can help satisfy a critical need … for a prototype design and evolution process that eschews expensive infrastructure required for manufacturing new products, without compromising the realism and rigor of the product design experience provided to Cornell chemical engineers,” he said.

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