Autodesk, Inc. (ADSK) Acquires 3D Design Tool Tinkercad

Posted May 19, 2013

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) has announced that they have acquired Tinkercad.  Tinkercard is a 3D design tool that makes it possible to quickly turn your idea into a CAD model for a 3D printer.  Co-founded by Kai Backman and Mikko Mononen, Tinkercard will be rolled into Autodesk’s 123D family of products.  The Tinkercard acquisition will revive the community around the product despite the company’s shut-down announcement.

The acquisition is expected to close within the next 30 days.  Autodesk made the acquisition announcement at the Maker Faire event on Saturday.  Users are able to start creating new accounts again immediately.

“We are excited to have reached an agreement with Autodesk that will provide a solid home and bright future for Tinkercad,” stated Backman. “We found in Autodesk a shared vision for empowering students, makers and designers with accessible and easy to use software, and with their global reach and expertise in democratizing design, we’re confident in their ability to introduce Tinkercad to new audiences around the world.”

When Tinkercad said that they were shutting down, it was because the founders wanted to focus more on an interactive simulation environment product known as Airstone.

Some of the changes that will be made to the free version of Tinkercad will include the addition of unlimited designs, support for imports/exports, and more powerful shaping tools for the free version of the software.  Backman and his team will continue to work on Airstone following the acquisition.  And Autodesk engineers will takeover the development of Tinkercad going forward.