MakerBot Reveals Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, Yours For $1,400

How much would you pay for a desktop 3D scanner that let you recreate, via your 3D printer, anything that could fit on it small turntablet? MakerBot thinks you’ll be willing to cough up $1,400, plus another $150 for its MakerCare service and support program, to have a MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner on your desk.

For hobbyists, that might be stretching it too much, for makers and designers, it sounds like a bargain--at the end of the day, the machine only costs as much as a well-appointed laptop.

MakerBot Digitizer 3D Scanner

The Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner works by using a camera and two lasers to capture a rotating object and creating a 3D file out of it using the included MakerWare software. It’s designed to be simple to use so that anyone can make hay with the thing; you can just connect it to a laptop or desktop computer and get going.

The device outputs to a number of 3D files, and they can be modified with third-party software such as Autodesk’s MeshMixer and uploaded to Thingiverse. It’s designed to work “seamlessly” with a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, but the Digitizer works with other 3D printers, as well.

You can scan items up to 8 inches in diameter and 8 inches tall that weigh up to 6.6 lbs. The Digitizer is now up for preorder on MakerBot’s website, and it’s expected to start shipping in mid October.