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Autodesk Extends DIY Community Reach through Instructables Acquisition

Design and engineering software maker Autodesk has acquired popular DIY portal Instructables for an undisclosed sum.

San Francisco based Instructables is a popular online community for people to discover and share Do-it-Yourself projects and how-to information.

Autodesk creates 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. The company plans to link Instructables with its design tools and services like SketchBook, 123D and Homestyler. Instructables members will be benefited by accessing Autodesk’s powerful design tools.

Autodesk customers the world over will be able to access the community of like-minded and creative people to share their creations and be inspired by others.

“Passionate, creative people want communities to support and encourage their endeavours," said Samir Hanna, vice president of Consumer Products at Autodesk.

"As a result of this acquisition, Autodesk will host a unique ecosystem that combines inspiration, accessible 3D software tools and fabrication services so anyone can be empowered to express themselves creatively." he added.

The company plans to retain the Instructables brand and will continue to run the online portal after the acquisition is completed. Autodesk plans to build a strong online community around its design products and to that end, also acquired online photo editing platform Pixlr and simulation software maker Blue Ridge Numerics this year.