Autodesk to buy browser-based 3D design tool Tinkercad

Infotech Lead America: Autodesk is set to acquire Tinkercad, a browser-based 3D design tool.

Autodesk did not disclose the financial details of the acquisition.

The acquisition of Tinkercad will enable Autodesk to expand Autodesk 123D apps. It also supports Autodesk’s vision to help anybody 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.

“Tinkercad is a natural extension of the Autodesk 123D family as well as our other apps and services for consumers, as it is already used alongside Autodesk products,” said Samir Hanna, Autodesk vice president, consumer products.

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