Here’s a recent note from Kai Backman, Founder & CEO of Tinkercad. You may have heard that, briefly, Tinkercad was going to be discontinued as a CAD tool. Many in the personal 3D printer market have used Tinkercad to create their designs, as this program, while not as complete as many of the professional CAD programs, still manages to offer a lot of features and capabilities, especially for those new to CAD.
On the whole, this is a good development. Tinkercad as a large following and it’s nice to know that that those users will be supported.
Here’s Backman’s announcement:
“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 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.
Kai Backman, Founder & CEO