Autodesk completes acquisition of Skymatter

Autodesk has completed the acquisition of substantially all the assets of Skymatter, the New Zealand-based developer of Mudbox 3-D modeling software.

Skymatter founders Andrew Camenisch, Dave Cardwell and Tibor Madjar have joined Autodesk’s Media & Entertainment business and will operate as a separate division of Autodesk.

The acquisition expands Autodesk’s presences in the film and TV markets, while providing additional growth opportunities for other design disciplines. Mudbox was used to create photorealistic creatures for the blockbuster film “King Kong,” as well as content for upcoming films “The Golden Compass,” “Fred Claus,” and “Inkheart.”

Mudbox can be used in tandem with Autodesk’s 3ds Max and Maya software, providing customers with a suite of tools for modeling, prototyping and detailing.

Mudbox, which was launched two years ago, includes a powerful brush-based modeling workflow and is renowned for its robust toolset and user-friendliness, making digital sculpting easy for both traditional sculptors and digital artists.

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