PLM vendor Autodesk has strengthened its offerings for the entertainment market by paying an undisclosed sum for 3D modeling software developer Skymatter, an Auckland, New Zealand-based company whose three founders met while developing models for the Lord of the Rings movie.
The company’s Mudbox software, which was used to develop characters for the movie King Kong, will become part of Autodesk’s Media & Entertainment, which provides software for the film, television and game market markets. The software is also expected to spill over into the company’s more traditional markets, such as automotive and industrial design.
Skymatter’s Mudbox software enables users to sculpt organic shapes in 3D space with brush-like tools, providing a toolset for modeling, prototyping and detailing. One of the justifications for the acquisition is that 3D designs created in Mudbox are often imported into Autodesk’s 3ds Max and Maya software for texturing, rigging, animation and final rendering.
While Autodesk’s Media & Entertainment unit only provides 12% of revenue in its last financial year, it is growing rapidly and increased revenue by 36% to $234m.