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MakerBot Digitizer: 3D Printing For The Rest Of Us

MakerBot has announced the release of another exciting new gadget.  As reported by Personalize, the MakerBot Digitizer 3D scanner is designed for people who want to get into 3D printing, but don’t have a background in 3D modeling.  The Digitizer has a two-click function and scans an object as it spins on a turntable.  (As shown by MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis in the video above)  “Behind the two-click simplicity is a powerful and complex reconstruction process.  MakerWare for Digitizer contains an algorithm that connects hundreds of thousands of points into a seamless digital mesh in just seconds.  There’s no patching, stitching, or repairing required, so you can skip straight to your creative process.  We’ve worked hard to create software that saves you time.”  Though the Digitizer can capture details as small as 0.5 mm, MakerBot warns, “expectations should be realistic.  You will not be able to, for example, scan a hamburger and then eat the digital design.  Expectations for precision should be realistic, too.  The MakerBot Digitizer is not ideal for engineers who require very high precision scanning. If you need a realistic reproduction of the tiny features on an insect’s body, the MakerBot Digitizer is not the tool for you.”  This is because MakerBot envisions the Digitizer as an “access point” for those of us who don’t have a designer’s mind, and just want to be able to 3D print something without the hassle of CAD software.  The Digitizer is priced at $1,400, and will set your creative mind free. 

Video, Photo, and Quotes Courtesy of MakerBot and Personalize.com

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