March 14, 2013 AT 5:00 am

MakerBot Unveils Desktop 3D Scanner Prototype #3dthursday

SpinScan model of MakerBot Digitizer

From SXSW last week, MakerBot Unveils Desktop 3D Scanner Prototype, via MAKE:

Bre [Pettis] said in a statement. “With the MakerBot Digitizer, now everyone will be able to scan a physical item, digitize it, and print it in 3D – with little or no design experience.”

The scanner is not yet ready for prime time. MakerBot is still testing the prototype. No word on the price or when makers can get their hands on one. MakerBot will start taking orders in the fall.

The scanner consists of a turntable on which you mount objects you wish to scan. Lasers and cameras translate that object into a digital files. Bre said the scanner will be ideal for archiving, prototyping, replicating, and digitizing prototypes, models, parts, artifacts, artwork, jewelry, and other objects.

“If something gets broken, you can print it again.”

Read more.


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