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November 8, 2013 AT 5:30 pm

MakerBot Digitizer Education Part 3: Materials #3DScanning #3DPrinting

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Here’s a third installment of the tools to help you get better results out of your desktop 3D scanner: MakerBot Digitizer Education Part 3: Materials.

Two Types of Objects

The MakerBot® Digitizer™ Desktop 3D Scanner is an amazing tool that quickly turns things in your world into 3D models you can modify, improve, share, and 3D print. 

Scannable objects fall into two categories: Ready-to-Scan and Prep-to-Scan. In this post, we’ll help you determine which category an object’s in, and share some expert tips and tricks to help you create the best possible 3D models.

Ready-to-Scan

A Ready-to-Scan object is exactly what it sounds like. You can put it on the MakerBot Digitizer’s turntable and start scanning it right away. When the laser line hits the object, the laser will bounce back to the camera in a focused line producing a good 3D model.

Prep-to-Scan

A Prep-to-Scan object is an object that doesn’t meet one or some of the Ready-to-Scan criteria. You’ll need to prep it to create a good 3D model.

A few months ago we wrote a post that showed how to prepare a shiny object to achieve better results. Here we’ll take a look at two more Prep-to-Scan objects and see how they were improved for scanning.

Read more, with more helpful tips and techniques!


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MakerBot® Digitizer™: The MakerBot® Digitizer™ Desktop 3D Scanner quickly turns the things in your world into 3D models that you can modify, improve, share, and 3D print. There’s no design, 3D modeling, or CAD expertise required to get started, and the MakerBot Digitizer delivers clean, watertight 3D models in approximately 12 minutes. It’s a fast and easy way for anyone to create 3D models! The simple, yet sophisticated software, MakerBot MakerWare for Digitizer, is optimized to work seamlessly with MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers, and also allows you to share your scans directly with the Thingiverse community. (read more)


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