Autodesk Buys German Startup Numenus

Autodesk continued its summer shopping spree this week, buying Numenus GmbH, a software provider of high-end visualization technology used to render and review 3D datasets. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. This is the third acquisition by San Rafael, Calif.-based Autodesk in the last couple of months. The company snatched up Instructables.com earlier this month, and announced the acquisition of Pixlr in July.

PRESS RELEASE
Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, announced today that it has acquired certain technology related assets from Numenus GmbH, a software provider of high-end visualization technology used to efficiently render and review 3D datasets. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 2009 and based in Koblenz, Germany, Numenus specializes in interactive rendering directly from NURBS (Non-Uniform Rational B-Splines) data to provide instant, photorealistic design renderings for designers, engineers and marketing professionals. As a result of the acquisition, Autodesk software users should gain more accurate visualization of surfaces and spend less time preparing quality visualization data.

“High-end, instantaneous visualization capabilities are a necessity in the world of design,” said Andrew Anagnost, vice-president of suites, Web services and subscription at Autodesk. “Combining advanced ray tracing technology with powerful visual communication tools transforms how designers, engineers and marketing teams consume, review and share visual designs.”

The acquisition reflects Autodesk’s continuing commitment to provide a comprehensive Digital Prototyping solution to manufacturers of all sizes, giving them the ability to design, visualize and simulate their products before they are built. The addition of the Numenus technology will specifically strengthen Autodesk’s ability to address high fidelity visualization for technical surfacing and advanced design reviews as part of Autodesk’s commitment to automotive design workflows.

Numenus’ founders are now part of Autodesk.

Business Outlook

This transaction is expected to have no impact on guidance issued on August 18, 2011.