ever wished that you could photocopy an object as easily as photocopying documents? with the MakerBot Digitizer 3D Scanner, that dream is a reality or we should say, a reality that’s even better than your dream. as the product name implies, it is a scanner and one that scans 3D objects, ready for you to replicate with a 3D printer. this sleek 3D scanner is equipped with a 1.3MP camera and two ‘eye-safe’ Class 1 lasers for scanning the physical object placed on the integrated turnable and output the scanned data into a 3D digital file without the need for design or 3D software experience. it works in conjunction with a sophisticated companion software, to generate standard 3D design file formats that can be printed on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer or any other 3D printers, or if you so desire, you can make changes of the scanned model with third-party 3D modeling programs such as the Audodesk’s free software MeshMixer before sending to print or share your fruits of labor with your friends, family, or the 3D design community, Thingiverse.
the Digitizer 3D Scanner is capable of scanning physical objects of size up to 20.3 by 20.3 centimeters (8 x 8 inches) and up to 3 kilograms (6.6 lbs). the idea of being able to print in 3D sure sounds exciting and the prospect of 3D scanning just takes that 3D adrenalin a few notches higher. just imagine having the ability to “back up” precious physical items such as sculptures, models, action figures and having the data ready to be printed in the event that the original is lost or need replacement for broken parts. it is indeed a dream come true. however, this exciting prospect does come with a hefty price: the MakerBot Digitizer 3D Scanner will set you back at $1,400 each. add $140 to that, if you are looking at MakerBot’s service and support program aka MakerCare. you can pre-order the MakerBot Digitizer 3D Scanner now, and expect to see this exciting product at your doorstep sometime in mid-October. scroll down for a few more product views and also check out a product video further down the page.