MakerBot has announced the development of the Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner prototype at SXSW Interactive. This device will enable anyone to scan a physical object and turn it into a file for 3D printing. It is similar to CADScan, which is currently raising funds on Kickstarter.
The scanner uses cameras and lasers to replicate objects into a digital form and file, making it easy for anyone without prior experience to print. MakerBot plans to spend time testing, scanning, and 3D printing the items scanned with it.
The company envisions the Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner being used in businesses, universities, classrooms, and in the home where any objects can be digitized and reproduced at will. Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot, said:
It’s a natural progression for us to create a product that makes 3D printing even easier. With the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, now everyone will be able to scan a physical item, digitize it, and print it in 3D – with little or no design experience… This is something you would envision being science fiction, but in fact, it is real – and it is so cool. The MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner is a great tool for archiving, prototyping, replicating, and digitizing prototypes, models, parts, artifacts, artwork, sculptures, clay figures, jewelry, etc. If something gets broken, you can just scan it and print it again.