Autodesk acquires German netfabb, expands additive manufacturing software portfolio


Autodesk has announced that it has acquired netfabb, a German software start-up company focused on additive design and manufacturing.

Image credit: netfabb website
Image credit: netfabb website

In a press release, Autodesk said that it will also make a strategic investment in FIT Technology Group, netfabb’s parent company.

“Autodesk has always been impressed by FIT’s track record in creating powerful solutions to meet the challenges of industrial additive manufacturing and together we will accelerate a new future of making things. We look forward to welcoming the netfabb team to Autodesk and helping designers and manufacturers worldwide take 3D printing beyond prototyping and plastics, to reliably creating production-grade parts at scale,” said Samir Hanna, Autodesk vice president and general manager, Consumer & 3D Printing.

“Autodesk shares FIT’s goal of delivering high quality industrial additive manufacturing. We’re looking forward to cooperating with Autodesk – our newest investor– and we are confident that netfabb will continue to thrive and grow as part of Autodesk,” said Carl Fruth, CEO, FIT AG, parent company of the FIT Technology Group.

Lupburg based netfabb designs software that is used for 3D printing. Autodesk designs 3D engineering and entertainment software.

“More than 80,000 designers, manufacturers, artists, researchers and developers worldwide currently use netfabb solutions as part of their 3D printing process. Autodesk plans to support and expand this community by continuing to develop, sell and support netfabb software as well as integrate netfabb technology into Autodesk’s solutions for product design and additive manufacturing, including Autodesk Fusion 360 the Spark 3D printing platform,” Autodesk said in the press release.

The terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.