Our beloved Tinkercad lives again. The very popular web-based 3D modeling service was used by many due to its ease of use, web availability and inexpensive pricing. But in a move shocking everyone, the owners of Tinkercad announced it was closing as their business moved off into other ventures.
But now, in a rather sudden move, they've announced they've sold off the assets of Tinkercad to Autodesk, makers of much fine 3D software. According to their press release:
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.
And it gets better. Apparently: "Autodesk has some very exciting plans for Tinkercad." We obviously don't know what they might be, but saving Tinkercad alone is certainly good. You'd best resurrect your Tinkercad account or sign up as soon as you can.
We have one slight concern: it appears that Autodesk is intent on cornering the market on low-cost 3D modeling services, as they've already provided a number of free tools such as 123D Design. Will there be any competition?