MakerBot has made good on sharing pricing and a launch timeframe for its seemingly-magical Digitizer Desktop 3D scanner. The 3D scanner will ship by mid-October for $1,400 and shoppers can add an additional $150 for "MakerCare" a warranty service and support program.
The Digitizer needs no introduction. We've been tracking its progress since earlier this year and it's almost ready. We won't rehash all the details, but the Digitizer is essentially a CAD modeler and duplicator rolled up into one when paired with MakerBot's Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printers.
As we noted last week, the Digitizer uses a camera and two lasers to scan small items on its platform, render a 3D CAD model and then prep it for 3D printing. The Digitizer has two big selling points: scanning takes only a few minutes and using it doesn't require any 3D modeling skills. But if you do know a thing or two, you can also modify the generated 3D CAD to your liking by importing it into something like Autodesk's MeshmMixer before sending it off to a 3D printer.
MakerBot boasts the Digitizer is capable of scanning objets up to 8-inches in diameter and 8-inches tall with a maximum weight of 6.6 pounds. That's more than enough room to duplicate an army of Stormtroopers.
“Bringing the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner into the world has been a big goal of ours this year,” said Bre Pettis, MakerBot's CEO, in press release statement. “We are really excited about the MakerBot Digitizer. This is another innovative product for visionaries, early adopters, experimenters, educators, creative hobbyists, 3D sculptors, organic modelers, designers, and architects who want to be the first to become an expert in Desktop 3D Scanning.”
Preorders for shipping worldwide are available on the company's website below. You can also take a closer look at the Digitizer's sleek design in the gallery down under. Start begging mom or dad in 3...2...1...