Kai Backman (TinkerCAD Founder):
Very good questions. I’ll answer the first as it’s easier. All paying plans are on a 3 month grace period due to the transition. Autodesk hasn’t announced anything further, I’m sure one of their top priorities is talking to all the paying customers to work out a good way forward.
The technology question requires a somewhat subtle answer. Autodesk purchased all Tinkercad assets including the revolutionary Gen6 geometry kernel. When we initially announced the shutdown the source code was organized such that a separation of Airstone and Gen6 looked nearly impossible. A few weeks ago we had a serendipitous breakthrough in how Airstone is built which cut this dependency. Once this happened the deal suddenly became possible.
May 19, 2013 11:18 pm
[from the comments section of the blog post announcing the sale of TinkerCAD to Autodesk]