At the SXSW conference this week which runs from March 8-17, 2013, Makerbot has unveiled a new creation its added to its range of products in the form of the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner.
The MakerBot Digitizer has been designed to provides an easy way to create digital drawings of real world objects, without any design, CAD software or 3D modeling experience at all.
The new MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner is still just a prototype at the moment and uses lasers and cameras to replicate physical objects into a digital form and file, Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot explained at SXSW:
“We are super excited to be able to announce at SXSW Interactive that we are developing the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner,”-“It’s a natural progression for us to create a product that makes 3D printing even easier. With the MakerBot Digitizer, 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 a piece of fiction, but in fact, it is real – and it is so cool,” -“The MakerBot Digitizer 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 print it again.”