Earlier this year, MakerBot revealed a 3D scanner called the "Digitizer." Using an onboard camera and two lasers, the Digitizer can create a 3D CAD model of any small object and then feed that blueprint to a Replicator 3D printer.
At the time, we didn't know too much about the Digitizer's capabilities or even what its final design would look like. And while MakerBot hasn't released any proper high-resolution images yet, the image above on MakerBot's website appears to show the final product. Gone is the wooden prototype, and in its place is a black scanning platform device that kinda looks like a record player of some sort.
3D scanners for rapid-prototyping or commercial use aren't new, but affordable one that sit on your desktop, in your living room are. There are three major reasons why MakerBot thinks the Digitizer will be a killer product. The first is that the 3D scanner uses two lasers, as opposed to a single one, to scan objects with more detail (see image below).
The second involves filling in missing data. As you can see in the image below, 3D-scanned objects often leave lots of holes. MakerBot's Digitizer automatically patches those holes up to make the scans usable for 3D printing.
Lastly, MakerBot says 3D models made with the Digitizer are highly scalable, meaning you can do things like scan a cat figurine and then print it out as a pair of earrings.
We're not going to lie, we're just as excited for the Digitizer now as we were back in March. Pricing for the The MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner will likely be announced next week when the device goes on sale. Who's ready for some duplicating/cloning goodness?