Autodesk announced on Monday that it has acquired “certain technology assets” from Virtual Shape Research GmbH (VSR), a developer of class-A surface modeling and conceptual design software. In an always-awkward turn of phrase, the company said that “[a]s part of the deal, 10 VSR employees will join Autodesk”.

You may know of VSR because its plugins often lead to stunning images like this, rendered with VSR Realtime Renderer:

VSR image

Autodesk says it plans to incorporate VSR’s technology into existing product lines, including Alias, and to “apply the team and technology toward the development of next-generation design/styling and technical surfacing solutions”. Given how technology acquisitions like this start small and then permeate many of the company’s product lines, I wouldn’t be surprised to see this automotive-focused acquisition make its way to all sorts of surface-heavy verticals.

Of concern to many VSR customers, Autodesk said that it will continue to sell the existing VSR plugin for Rhino and intends to make this product available for purchase exclusively via the Autodesk e-store. No more channel?

Terms of the deal were not announced, though Autodesk did say that the transaction is expected to have no impact on guidance.

Image credit: VSR