The MakerBot Digitizer aims several lasers at an object that spins on a turntable. Digitizer gives designers a "jumpstart" because they "don't have to start from scratch," company CEO Bre Pettis says in a video (see below).
With just two clicks, the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner’s simple yet sophisticated software creates clean, watertight 3D models that are ready to 3D print. We’ve optimized the whole process to work seamlessly with MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers, but you get standard design files to use on the 3D printer of your choice. You don’t need any design or 3D modeling skills to get started, and it all happens in just minutes.
Users can also upload their design to a MakerBot website called Thingiverse, and share it. The BBC reported that it takes around 12 minutes to scan a small gnome.
The Digitizer costs $1400, or $1550 with customer support. The company is now taking "pre-orders" for shipment in October, according to a press release.
Shiny, reflective or fuzzy objects are not well suited for the Digitizer. So much for anyone trying to scan a bling business into action.
Put a tiger in your scanner:
Photo by Spencer Higgins, from MakerBot. Video from MakerBot via YouTube.