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Tinkercad Acquired by Autodesk
In what will be great news to Tinkercad fans across the globe, the free 3D design software has found a new home at Autodesk. Autodesk has a suite of pro design software and its own free software such as 123D and 123D Catch for iPad.
Tinkercad is free, online 3D design software that is popular among 3D printing enthusiasts. The team announced they were shutting down Tinkercad in March 2013.
Now, in a change of course, Autodesk has acquired the software and website.
I am happy to announce that we have just signed a deal where Autodesk will purchase the Tinkercad site and core technologies. This is a great day for all Tinkercad users, Autodesk is an very enthusiastic and capable steward. There are two main impacts of this deal: the site is fully operational and Autodesk has some very exciting plans for Tinkercad.
The shutdown plan has been rolled back and effective immediately new users are again able to sign up for the site. Even better, at the request of Autodesk, we have supercharged the free plan. You can now create unlimited designs, all import and export functionality is enabled and ShapeScripts are turned on for free accounts. We have automatically upgraded all existing free accounts to this new powerful plan. This account will be offered for a limited time only so make sure you sign up as soon as possible.
Before signing the deal the we spent a lot of time talking to Autodesk engineers and product people about their vision for Tinkercad. We were impressed by the deep insight the Autodesk team had into the Tinkercad interface and the underlying technology. There is also a strong alignment on topics like furthering education and the vision of making design more accessible. But most of all we are very excited about the roadmap Autodesk has drafted for Tinkercad.
As our team continues working on Airstone I’m pleased to see Tinkercad find a safe and welcoming home. I can speak for everyone when I say that we are looking forward to using Tinkercad for a long time to come.
Founder & CEO
3D printing service Sculpteo published a great infographic called “3D printing is the future of manufacturing.”
- The Third Industrial Revolution
- What is 3D printing?
- Manufacture in one click
- The range of 3D printing materials
- What does it change for your VC or CEO?
- How to integrate 3D printing into your business today? Invest in 3D printing or integrate a cloud solution
- New markets have access to manufacturing
- New major players
- And your consumers
- A case study: 3DPCase
Via Sculpteo blog.
Here are the top 10 most popular stories On 3D Printing brought you in June 2012.
10. The Dutch combine 3D printing and textiles.
9. A review of 3D modeling software Tinkercad, SketchUp, and 123D.
8. People are wondering why Google sold 3D modeling business SketchUp.
7. Still popular: the Motley Fool reviews the 3D printing industry.
6. We exclusively covered 3D Systems’ Cubify at Google I/O 3D printing in San Francisco.
5. UP! 3D printer from China is a viable competitor to MakerBot and other.
4. You can be a superhero; your face 3D printed on a superhero action figure.
3. Facebook investor Peter Thiel backs 3D printing entrepreneur.
2. Why 3D printing will be more fun than LEGO thanks to Minecraft.
1. 3D printing stock are hot and up over 180%! So was this article.
Thanks for reading in June!
Peter Thiel photo by thekenyeung used under Creative Commons license.
A roundup of the top news On 3D Printing brought you from June 25 to July 1.
Monday, June 25
- Will Apple Make a Big Acquisition to Enter the 3D Printing Market?
- $300 3D Printer Printxel Shows at the Kansas City Maker Faire
Tuesday, June 26
Wednesday, June 27
- Broadway Shows Get New Mojo with 3D Printed Set Design
- Exclusive: Cubify by 3D Systems Prints at Google I/O and Launches API
Thursday, June 28
Friday, June 29
- Autodesk Shows off 123D Catch Software and 3D Printing at Google I/O
- 3D Systems Announces “Smarter 3D Printing” Seminars for Entrepreneurs
Saturday, June 30
Sunday, July 1
- Vice President Joe Biden Shares the Vision for 3D Printing
- Fab Lab of the Week: Massey University Centre Hosts New Zealand Event
Apple photo by aditza121 used under Creative Commons license.
At the Google I/O conference in San Francisco this week, 3D printing was a popular theme. We reported earlier about the 3D Systems Cubify team hosting a printing station. Also at the conference was the Autodesk 123D team.
They were showing off their design software called 123D Catch, software for your laptop or iPad that lets you import a series of photos of a physical object and create a precise 3D model from those photos. The software is powered by the cloud and takes about 10 to 15 minutes to produce a model. In the example they were showing, the team had taken 30 photos of a marble statue in a museum and the software created a rich 3D model that was ready to print.
The Autodesk team was also printing objects on the MakerBot replicator.
Photos from Google I/O by on3dprinting.com.