Autodesk has completed the acquisition of Alias– a leading developer of 3D graphics technology. This acquisition extends Autodesk’s 3D software leadership in the manufacturing and media and entertainment industries.
“We’re excited to welcome Alias customers, partners and employees to Autodesk,” said Carl Bass, COO of Autodesk. “The acquisition of Alias is about fulfilling Autodesk’s vision: To give design and creative professionals the best software tools for realising their ideas. Customers are demanding the next generation of 3D photorealistic visualisation and animation tools, and we are poised to deliver. In the future, 3D assets will be created once and shared across a range of industries, from automotive and architectural design to films and games. This will be enabled by Autodesk technology.”
Alias’ products, technology and services will be integrated with Autodesk’s Manufacturing Solutions and Media & Entertainment divisions and Autodesk’s Consulting organisation. Alias StudioTools – software for design tasks ranging from 2D sketches to production models – adds new design and visualisation capabilities to Autodesk’s manufacturing portfolio. The acquisition also grows Autodesk’s media and entertainment portfolio with Alias’ Maya software – an Academy Award-winning application, Alias MotionBuilder – 3D character animation software, and FBX – a widely used format for the exchange and use of 3D content.
Autodesk plans to continue the development and support of Alias products and services.