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Tuesday, 27 August 2013 14:01

MakerBot 3D scanner makes a big impression

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A new 3D scanner has sent the Internet into a frenzy, with the MakerBot website crashing within hours of its new Digitizer device being available for pre-order.

The desktop scanner costs US$1,400 ($1558) and will be sent to those who order now in October, The Telegraph reported. 

The machine, which is relatively small and can be used in your own home, takes around 12 minutes to scan an object up to eight inches (20.3cm) in height or diameter, and works by aiming lasers at whatever object you want to scan.

After the 12 minutes is up, users can then send the designs to a 3D printer to print out, or share the designs with friends or fellow 3D printing enthusiasts.

"We wanted to give the world another tool for being creative," MakerBot said.

"For more than four years we have made the best desktop 3D printers in the world to turn digital design files into real physical things. Now with the MakerBot Digitizer, you can turn physical things into digital design files!"

"The MakerBot Digitizer is for early adopters, experimenters, and visionaries who want to be pioneers in desktop 3D scanning," the company said.

"This includes, but is not limited to, architects, designers, creative hobbyists, educators, and artists."

The company stressed however that purchases need to keep their expectations in check.

"Expectations should be realistic,” they wrote. “You will not be able to, for example, scan a hamburger and then eat the digital design."

"We believe that the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner is an innovative technological breakthrough that sets the standard for affordable desktop 3D scanning, Company CEO Bre Pettis said.

“We focused on making the MakerBot Digitizer super easy to use, intuitive and simple.”

More info, including ordering information, can be found at the MakerBot Digitizer website here: http://store.makerbot.com/digitizer.html


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