Amazon Buys Thinkbox, Maker of Popular Point Cloud Mesher


Thinkbox Software been acquired by Amazon Web Services, according to a blog post by Thinkbox CEO Christopher Bond posted on the company’s website.

Thinkbox is best known for its visual effects rendering software, which is widely used in Hollywood film production. However, Thinkbox has exploited this expertise to develop products for the AEC space. The Sequoia application downsizes very large point clouds significantly by converting them into geometric meshes. Since it performs this task with almost no loss in visual fidelity, Sequoia has already seen enthusiastic adoption with firms in AEC.

TechCrunch reports that this is only the latest acquisition Amazon Web Services has made to “expand the kinds of services that it’s offering to users beyond basic cloud computing.” Other recent acquisitions include companies that offer security services, videoconferencing, and video encoding for “multiscreen content delivery.”

The buy seems to indicate that Amazon is getting into the content creation game by incorporating Thinkbox’s rendering solutions into AWS offerings. But it also hints at a possibility altogether more interesting for our industry: Amazon 3D data processing and delivery on the cloud.


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SPAR 3D Editor Sean Higgins produces SPAR 3D's weekly newsletters for 3D-scanning professionals, and Sean has previously worked as a technical writer, a researcher, a freelance technology writer, and an editor for various arts publications. He has degrees from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts and the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, where he studied the history of sound-recording technologies. Sean is a native of Maine and lives in Portland.

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