MakerBot Releases Digitizer 3D Scanner

MakerBot is now taking pre-orders for its MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, a laser-equipped 3D scanner that allows users to convert objects into digital 3D models. The device was initially announced in March at SXSW, and costs $1400, plus an aditional option for MakerBot’s $150 service and support program called Digitizer MakerCare. It works by using two lasers and a camera to scan objects up to 8 inches tall and 8 inches in diameter to turn them into several standard 3D design file formats. According to MakerBot, the process takes just a few minutes, and doesn’t require any design experience. Expect the product to ship in mid-october, and to make the 3D printing of most standard objects a reality.