MakerBot Digitizer – Real World 3D Object Scanner

          In the last post we saw about 3D Printer which can print any real world 3D object in three- dimensional physical space. In this post we will see another innovation related to 3D printers, MakerBot Digitizer. MakerBot Digitizer is a 3D scanner which can scan a real world 3D object into a computer(digital) file which can be edited using computer graphics softwares like CAD or SketchUp.

          MakerBot Digitizer allows the users to change the shape, scale and transform objects in the supported applications. More over we can also add pre-existing 3D object designs to the converted digital file to create new and innovative model and can be printed with a 3D Printer. MakerBot Digitizer uses special class lasers and a camera to reproduce the real world object with maximum precision and quality.

MakerBot Digitizer - 3D Object Scanner

MakerBot Digitizer – 3D Object Scanner

Features of MakerBot Digitizer

  • Prototyping real world objects
  • Capture details with accuracy of 0.5mm
  • Suitable for scanning object with dimensions 8” diameter and 8” height
  • Print support for other printer manufactures

Limitations of MakerBot Digitizer

  • Dark colored objects, shiny, reflective or fuzzy surfaces do not scan well
  • Do not scan the colors of the object scanned
    • Though  MakerBot Digitizer does not capture the color, we ourself can use custom software applications to fill color and print in 3D Printer. 
MakerBot Digitizer - Model

MakerBot Digitizer – Model

          Some of the supported softwares are Autodesk’s MeshMixer,  Autodesk’s Mudbox, Pixologic’s Sculptris and Pixologic’s ZBrush. MakerBot Digitizer is available with a hefty price of $1400 USD.

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