With the ability to digitize objects up to 8″ tall, the MakerBot Digitizer is an easy-to-use affordable 3D desktop scanner. Whether you’re a creative hobbyist or an architect, MakerBot’s scanner is equipped with two state-of-the-art lasers and a 1.3 megapixel CMOS camera. Digitizing objects is as simple as placing the object on Digitizer’s spinning platform and in two clicks, a high-quality watertight 3D model is generated.
With a scan speed of approximately 12 minutes and a resolution of 0.5 mm, the MakerBot Digitizer stands up nicely to competitors in the same price range. Designed to work seamlessly with MakerBot’s Replicator Desktop 3D printers and MakerBot’s Thingiverse, the Digitizer is the ideal starting point the 3D modeling and prototyping process.
“We focused on making the MakerBot Digitizer super easy to use, intuitive and simple,” MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis said in a company press release. “This is another innovative product for visionaries, early adopters, experimenters, educators, creative hobbyists, 3D sculptors, organic modelers, designers, and architects who want to be the first to become an expert in desktop 3D publishing.”
Powered by MakerBot MakerWare software and compatible with a wide range 3rd party 3D modeling suites, the Digitizer integrates nicely in offices, manufacturing spaces, classrooms, or works as a home 3D scanning station. The MakerBot Digitizer works with Windows (7+), Mac OSX (10.7+), and Linux (Ubuntu) operating systems. After the scan, the Digitizer outputs 3D file formats (STL) compatible with most third-party modeling programs (Autodesk’s free software) allowing users to improve, shape, mold, twist, and transform objects.
“We believe that the MakerBot Digitizer 3D scanner is an innovative technological breakthrough that sets the standard for affordable desktop 3D scanning,” Pettis noted. “The MakerBot is powered by Makerware software, and we plan to offer in the future additional software updates that are expected to add even more features and capabilities.”
With the Brooklyn-based MakerBot Digitizer offering a “3D printing ecosystem,” the MakerWare software creates a 3D digital file capable of printing on the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D printer. In other words, you can keep the entire prototyping process in house. If you’re concerned about your level of 3D scanning proficiency, you can rest easy knowing that the Digitizer is designed for those without design, 3D modeling, or CAD experience.
Here is a quick summary of the MakerBot Digitizer’s features:
• The MakerBot Digitizer runs on our simple, yet sophisticated software that creates clean, watertight 3D models with just two clicks
• Turn physical objects into 3D digital design files in approximately 12 minutes
• You don’t need any design skills, 3D modeling, or CAD expertise to get started
• The output is a standard 3D model file format (STL) and can be modified and improved in third-party 3D modeling programs, like Autodesk’s free software MeshMixer
• MakerBot Digitizer works seamlessly with MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers to let you make your freshly scanned models
• Easily upload your scans to Thingiverse.com