August 29, 2011

Autodesk acquires Numenus ray tracing technology


German firm developed quick way to render directly from NURBS

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. – Autodesk, Inc. announced this week 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, but the Numenus founders have joined Autodesk, the company said in a press release.

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, according to Autodesk. As a result of the acquisition, Autodesk said software users should gain more accurate visualization of surfaces and spend less time preparing quality visualization data.

Numenus presented at Microsoft’s European BizSpark Summit in June, at which point they created this video, which explains much of the company’s technology:


“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, in a statement. “Combining advanced ray tracing technology with powerful visual communication tools transforms how designers, engineers and marketing teams consume, review and share visual designs.”

Numenus details the company’s technology in this video:


In the release, the company said 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.

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