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Autodesk Resuscitates Tinkercad in the Cloud

Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic
Published On: May 21 2013

Autodesk recently signed a definitive agreement to acquire Tinkercad, an easy-to-use browser-based 3D design tool. The addition of Tinkercad to Autodesk is aimed at helping broaden the consumer-oriented Autodesk 123D family of apps and supports Autodesk’s vision to help anybody (students, makers, and designers) imagine, design, and create anything. The acquisition will also revive the Tinkercad service and community, despite a previously announced shutdown by its founders and creators.

Autodesk intends for the Tinkercad service to remain available as part of its consumer portfolio. The company also intends to incorporate elements of the Tinkercad technology and user experience into the Autodesk 123D family of products as part of its ongoing effort to make 3D design easier and more accessible to everyone. The transaction is expected to close within the next 30 days.

This acquisition moves Autodesk closer to an all-cloud design solution. While it may work well for basic computer-aided design (CAD), it will be interesting to watch how it will scale and overcome the latency of current cloud CAD systems.
 
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