MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner Launches #3DThursday #3DPrinting
We’ve seen glimpses of what this tool might be like from its humble beginnings as an open source laser line scanner experiment Spinscan created by Thingiverse superstar Tony Buser to the work-in-progress project from the inner sanctum of MakerBot’s secret research lab unveiled at SXSW 2013 (somewhere between Spinscan and the Digitizer released today, though thankfully still with the tbuser‘s iconic garden gnome statue).
Scanning with the MakerBot Digitizer is a fast and easy way for anyone to create 3D models. It’s optimized for MakerBot Replicator® Desktop 3D Printers and MakerBot Thingiverse, so it’s simple to print out and share your 3D models with the world. Here’s what you can expect:
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
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The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!
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