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Hungry hungry Autodesk - a brief history of recent acquisitions

Hungry hungry Autodesk - a brief history of recent acquisitions | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it

Autodesk has been on an Acquisition spree for some time now buying targets that helps it with rendering, AEC, interactivity, printing, customers.

Realizing that wikipedia was out of date on this i thought i'd summarize some of the most recent purchases (and then contribute back to wikipedia).

Here are some of the main ones which received my interest, not counting investments (even more) <my comments inline>:

  • On July 21, 2010, Autodesk announced the acquisition of Illuminate Labs, the maker of Beast (a global illumination middleware) and Turtle (a global illumination plugin for Maya) used for video game development. <JF: Rendering play>
  • On July 19, 2011, Autodesk announced the acquisition of Pixlr, online photo editing and sharing service. <JF: Social/Photos/Consumer play>
  • On August 1, 2011, Autodesk announced the acquisition of Instructables, a website and platform where users can share their ideas and collaborate with a variety of do-it-yourself projects. <JF: From this they gained tens of millions of visitors (proconsumers and hobbyist, also known as Makers) for their 3D 123D business>. <JF: Social/CustomerLeads play>
  • On August 25, 2011, Autodesk announced the acquisition of Numenus, which optimizes CAD and construction processes by using NURBS technology.<JF: this was also rendering technology, i thought at the time it would be used for their cloud rendering, from what i can gather the product has been largely been shelved but I've heard (may or may not be true) that some of the NURBS IP is being used in VRED and Alais now> <JF: Rendering play>
  • On December 16, 2011, Autodesk announced the acquisition of Horizontal Systems, a provider of cloud-based BIM (Building Information Modeling) collaboration solutions for the AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) industry. <JF: AEC play>
  • On October 4, 2012, Autodesk announced the acquisition of Qontext, Inc., an enterprise social collaboration platform to accelerate Autodesk’s ongoing move to the cloud and expansion of social capabilities in the Autodesk 360 cloud-based service. <JF: Social play>
  • On May 18, 2013, TinkerCAD announced it had been bought by Autodesk.TinkerCAD is a browser-based 3D solid modelling tool for rapid prototyping known for its simple interface and entry-level ease of use.<JF: Social/Proconsumer/Cloud3D/Maker play>
  • On February 6, 2014, Autodesk completed the acquisition of Delcam, a UK based supplier of advanced CAD/CAM software for the manufacturing industry, for approximately $286 million, using non-U.S.-based cash. <JF: MAJOR CAM play>
     

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  • On August 28, 2012, Inforbix was Acquired by Autodesk (run by well known and respected Oleg Shilovitsky) < PLM/search play>
     
  • On Jan 9, 2013, Autodesk acquires PI-VR. Specialist in real time visualisation software and the VRED products. <Important manufacturing/Auto/rendering play>
     
  • On June 9, 2014, Autodesk Acquires Bitsquid to help drive creation of 3D Game Engine For Game Developers, Architects, Engineers and Designers. <Games/AEC play>

  • On June 25, 2014, Autodesk announced they would acquire Shotgun Software, Creator of Cloud-Based Production Management Platform for Film, Television and Games Industries <Games/Cloud play>

  • On June 27, 2014, Autodesk Acquires David Benjamin’s Architectural Design Studio, The Living The software company and New York based practice. Will collaborate on researching new building typologies and materials as an Autodesk Studio. <AEC play>

  • On June 27, 2014, Autodesk  Acquires Vela Systems, Aims To Bring Construction Management Systems To Tablets <(smart) AEC/Construction play>

  • On Nov 5, 2014, Autodesk buys Lagoa $60 Million  <Rendering/Manufacturing/Cloud play>
     
  • On Feb 9, 2015, Autodesk acquires Tweak for digital image review The Tweak technology and team will become part of the Shotgun review and collaboration group
     
  • On March 19, 2015, Autodesk acquires Icelanding Modio3D the design app for Ipad users which allows users to design their own 3D printing projects. It will be renamed to Autodesk Tinkerplay (keeping inline with TinkerCAD) <3D printing play for hobbyist/proconsumers> 


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Pretty incredible, this isnt even looking at the older ones, going right back to Discreet (3dsmax), Maya, Softimage/XSI, etc.

It's hard to even keep up. I’m sure I’ve missed a few - please do let me know if i have.

Read more at http://blog.4Dpipeline.com

Jed Fisher's insight:

I've written the above article to be factual. How do I personally feel about this ill address here.

Acquiring lots of companies is not necessarily a formula for success. Unfortunately I find Autodesk seems to acquire and shelf/retire many of their acquisitions or just let them "sit". As a consumer of products this hurts to see. Remember when we used to have so much competition with 3dsmax vs Maya vs XSI, now - it's all a much of a muchness. I've also heard first hand a lot of anger from customers for the "lock in" effect but on the other hand prices have come down.

It's obvious that Autodesk is betting heavily on it's 360 platform and merging a lot of technologies into this, especially for AEC which seems to be a consistent focus along with entertainment/games/film.

Curious to hear your comments.

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Jed Fisher's comment, November 28, 2014 4:36 AM
Also Mudbox!
Jed Fisher's comment, February 23, 2015 7:21 AM
On Feb 9, 2015, Autodesk acquires Tweak for digital image review The Tweak technology and team will become part of the Shotgun review and collaboration group
Jed Fisher's comment, March 23, 2015 8:15 AM
Added: On March 19, 2015, Autodesk acquires Icelanding Modio3D the design app for Ipad users which allows users to design their own 3D printing projects. It will be renamed to Autodesk Tinkerplay (keeping inline with TinkerCAD) <3D printing play for hobbyist/proconsumers> http://www.arcticstartup.com/2015/03/19/autodesk-acquires-reykjavik-startup-modio
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Autodesk keeps buying them up, Tinkercad has found a new home

Autodesk keeps buying them up, Tinkercad has found a new home | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
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 a very enthusi...
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Late March Tinkercad sent out an announcement that were shutting down operations. 

I, like many others, expressed sadness that this was the end of TinkerCAD. Tinkercad like a handful of other 3D startups brought fresh ideas and new hope to the CAD industry (even if they hadn't quite figured out their business model).

 

March 27th - @4Dpipeline - RIP Tinkercad, the only 3D modeling environment with a non-atrocious UI.

 

Well, that said, they are back from the dead. Autodesk spotted the opportunity and made them an offer to find a new home with the growing list of acquisitions at Autodesk HQ. I'm not sure now what the future will hold for them now. I suspect Autodesk might fit this into their 123D offering. Regardless, I'm glad to see the Tinkercad guys have a happier conclusion (end? beginning?). 

 

The 3D/CAD App space continues to excite! It's never a dull day.

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Sebastian Larsen's comment, July 6, 2013 1:59 PM
"the only 3D modeling environment with a non-atrocious UI" I put forward that you're not a Modo user, then.
Jed Fisher's comment, July 7, 2013 6:09 AM
Ok, perhaps it's a little bit of an overstatement :-) and yes Modo is nice. I probably should have specified CAD - but even for that there are some nice-ish UIs :)
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CENTR 360 Video Camera Will Hold

CENTR 360 Video Camera Will Hold | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
It’s an exciting time for video right now. Advances like Lytro are changing how we think about still photography, and the sudden proliferation of 4K means better videography and film are cheaper and easier. CENTR stands out, however, not least for what it delivers… namely 360-degree video in a small package. Central Station The CENTR …
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Off topic.

I never expected to buy another camera (except for future phones) however this changes my mind. 360 photos and videos are not only great for 3D HDR environments but also for capturing a moment. Imagine being able to "look around" the photo/video/moment. 

Very cool.

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Introducing Autodesk FormIt

Blurb:

Think it. Form it. Analyze it. Build it.

Introducing Autodesk FormIt. the 1st Architectural Form Modeler for the iPad. FormIt is an intuitive, easy to use mass modeling application helping designers make informed decisions while accessing site & climate data. The building and site aware app allows designers to sketch proposed design options that can be compared with program requirements and then shared with the project team for continued collaboration through Autodesk® 360.

Available now on the Apple App Store.


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