MakerBot Digitizer: Scan To Print In No Time

Posted by on Friday, March 8, 2013 in Uncategorized


In 2009 at SXSW in Austin, the founders of MakerBot presented the prototype of our very first 3D Printer, the Cupcake CNC. Today, four years later, MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis took the stage for opening remarks, and did it again!

In perfect MakerBot/SXSW fashion, Bre unveiled an early prototype of the newest addition to our 3D ecosystem, the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner. This is a product we have been eager to develop, because it’s the perfect complement to our Desktop 3D Printers. You can use it to jump start a design using an object in the real world. You can archive your possessions or save your kid’s play-dough sculptures.

What makes the MakerBot Digitizer special is that we designed it with 3D printing in mind. When you digitize an object on its spinning platform, you automatically get a high-quality, water-tight 3D model, in as little as three minutes. It’s the easiest and fastest way to get 3D-printable designs.

Lots of details will become available throughout the year, and in the meantime, please jump over to Sign up to get information and find out when the MakerBot Digitizer will go on sale. In the signup form, Click to read the full press release.


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Austin, Texas, March 8, 2013 – MakerBot® surprised the world today with a major announcement at SXSW Interactive announcing development of the new MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner prototype.  The MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner adds to MakerBot’s 3D Ecosystem that includes MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers, the MakerBot Store,, MakerWare, MakerCare, and the apps inside Thingiverse, including the popular Customizer app. Now, with the announcement that MakerBot is developing a MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, MakerBot wants to know – what will you digitize?

The MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner shown at SXSW is a prototype model and MakerBot will spend time testing, scanning, and 3D printing the items scanned with it.

“We are super excited to announce at SXSW Interactive that we are developing the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner,” said Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot.  “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.”

MakerBot, the global leader in 3D printing, is believed to be the only company to ever announce a physical hardware product at SXSW Interactive.  Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot, first announced MakerBot’s first generation 3D printer, the Cupcake CNC Desktop 3D Printer, four years ago at SXSW in Austin.  MakerBot released its fourth generation desktop 3D printer last fall with the introduction of the MakerBot® Replicator® 2 Desktop 3D Printer, and its sibling this January, the MakerBot® Replicator® 2X Experimental 3D Printer, at CES 2013.  

This year, Pettis delivered the Opening Remarks for SXSW and delighted SXSW Interactive attendees with the announcement that MakerBot will develop and market a companion to MakerBot’s Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner.

Pettis noted, “The MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner is an innovative new way to take a physical object, scan it, and create a digital file – without any design, CAD software or 3D modeling experience at all – and then print the item again and again on a MakerBot Replicator 2 or MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer.”

This exciting new technology uses lasers and cameras to replicate physical objects into a digital form and file.

“This is something you would envision being science fiction, but in fact, it is real – and it is so cool,” Pettis went on to note.  “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.”

MakerBot anticipates that the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner will be used mostly by those who have dreamed of being able to scan a physical object and then print it in 3D.  MakerBot sees the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner being used in businesses, universities, classrooms, and in the home where anything 3D can be digitized and reproduced at will.

The MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner is setting the standard in 3D scanning and is a new addition to MakerBot’s Ecosystem.  To learn more, visit


About MakerBot

Founded in 2009, Brooklyn-based MakerBot has grown to be a global leader in desktop 3D printing. MakerBot had 16 percent market share of all 3D printers (industrial and personal) made from 2009 to the end of 2011. In 2011, MakerBot had 21.6 percent market share. In 2012, MakerBot estimates that it now has a 25 percent market share of the 3D printer market.  There are more than 15,000 MakerBot Desktop 3D Printers in use by engineers, designers, researchers, and people who just like to make things.  The MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer has been named Popular Mechanics “Overall Winner” for best 3D printer and was honored as one of Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2012.  In addition, MakerBot was named “Best Emerging Tech” at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, won Popular Mechanics Editor’s Choice Award, the Popular Science Product of the Year, and recently was awarded the Fast Company 2012 Innovation by Design Award as well as being named by Fast Company as “One of the World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Consumer Electronics.” And MakerBot was recently awarded a TechCrunch Crunchies Award for best hardware start-up.  The company has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Economist, Wired, The Colbert Report, Fast Company, Engadget, Make: Magazine, Rolling Stone,, IEEE Spectrum, CNN, Financial Times, NPR, Vogue Italia and many others.

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16 Comments so far

  • john west
    March 8, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    I can see it now. At release, it will be connected to Makerware so that you can scan and print in one easy step. Makerware will be touted as even that much better thanks to integration like this. Much will be made of the synergies of custom-written software. However, older Makerbot owners will be left out in the cold, because the promised Makerware support for TOMs and other older printers never materialized. This, in turn, will keep people from buying the scanner, because they’ll know that in a year or so, a new Scannerware will be released that will be incompatible with the original ScannerMatic, just as TOM owners were abandoned.

    I would order one of these yesterday, except for the above hesitation (well, and the fact it’s only a prototype). Makerbot, you’re at risk of becoming the HP of (non)support for older products. You have promised Makerware support for TOMs in early 2013. That was a while ago, but you won’t respond to any requests for further information now. Please, please give us an update! Prove my predictions wrong :)!


  • Andrew
    March 8, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Makerbot is really pushing the 3D printing into people’s hands. Great job MB!


    3D Printing YouTube Channel:

  • Michael Gale
    March 8, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Brilliant. Quite simply the smartest move he could have made. I am not a software genius and this is the one barrier to me buying into the product and he has removed it. I wanted something that felt like a photographic experience: see it, capture it and make it. I will be buying both the printer and scanner now. This is as revolutionary as the box browny was to the photographic market.

  • Andrew
    March 9, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Lots of buzz about this technology! If the world can easily reprint something using this scanner then everyone will be a maker!!! Andrew

    (My MakerBot YouTube Channe:

  • Caitlin
    March 9, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    I can see this being an awesome tool for model makers and sculptors.
    Sculpt whatever you like at a decent size, cheaply scan it in and then refine and finish off the details in something like zbrush.

    Any idea on a price point yet?

  • Bryan Heredia
    March 9, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    I can’t wait for the Makertbot to be released to the public.

  • Phoenix
    March 11, 2013 at 12:55 am

    So what about all the other Makers out there who don’t have a Makerbot, will we be able to use this new device or is MakerBot once again standing on the shoulders of people who truly believe in Open Source and taking all their hard work and developments and slaping a MakerBot logo on it,

    Unfortunately Bre has turned hi back on his roots, Starting MakerBot in a hcckerspace meant that it was all open source but now, I understand that MakerBot has employees to pay but prior to the launch of the Replicator 2 he seemed to have no problem, and now he has become a capitalist just like the people he was supposedly rebeling against, the money has taken another victim

  • Steve Caplin
    March 11, 2013 at 9:08 am

    The world really needs this. it’s a natural progression for Makerbot, and for 3D printing in general. Just get the price point right and it will fly off the shelves.

    Steve Caplin

  • matrhint
    March 12, 2013 at 12:22 am

    For some reason it reminds me of this:

  • Nour Asfar
    March 12, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Im very interested in this product mainly to see if it can be used to print logos on a variety of cell phones and smart phones.

  • Donald Pelton
    March 28, 2013 at 8:56 am

    I would digitize my artwork. I do sculptures. This could help me make a personalized chess set, for example.

  • Nickster
    April 7, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    I will digitize Jeff Bridges. BECAUSE, man, somewhere in one of these… memories… is the evidence!

  • patrick labelle
    April 13, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    how much digitalizer cost?

  • Ed
    May 3, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Would be nice if i can find a vid of the makerbot scanner and printer in action

  • JDM
    August 14, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    What file formats can this digitizer output? Can it export into an .iges, stl, stp, or any other 3D format? I need a digitizer that can export for a CAD file for CAM toolpaths.

  • Jaime Torres
    March 24, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    I am very interested to know if I can use the Markerbot Ecosystem for maxing some dental laboratory products for demostrations or teachiing in dentistry. Please send me a complete information.


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