What’s New With The MakerBot Digitizer: Update 2

We’re continuing a series of updates regarding the MakerBot Digitizer, the Desktop 3D Scanner we launched as a prototype at SXSW. We’ll be bringing the MakerBot community the inside scoop on how the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner is evolving.

Our  goal with the Digitizer is to make an affordable 3D scanner that works well with our Desktop 3D Printers. We don’t want scans that you have to clean up and cut flat surfaces into. Off the scanner, into the printer. We know that’s what you want, so that’s what we’re working toward.

MakerBot’s Chief Strategy Officer Jenny Lawton was excited to be able to preserve her childhood memories, using the MakerBot Digitizer to scan ceramic models she created at age 8. The Digitizer production team was just as excited about the fidelity of the actual scans. It’ll give design teams a jumping off point for 3D modeling. Rather than spending hours creating the basic contours for a physical object, designers can just use their Digitizer and get right to making tweaks.

We can’t wait to see the Digitizer in action this Fall.

Stay tuned for more updates on the MakerBot Digitizer. We also have an email list that you can sign up for at When you’re there, be sure to tell us what you’d scan, and keep your feedback coming in the comments.


You can see the full “Digitized!” collection here. We didn’t upload this scan from Jenny’s past, but you can check out all of the other great scans from our Digitizer Update series.

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  • Al
    June 1, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Will it be open source?

    Didn’t think so.

  • Sara Hernández
    June 2, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Hi, I need to desing a piece and then print in 3D. Do you have this complete service?

  • Austin S. Lin
    June 3, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Or you could have saved a step and just painted the old one… ;-)

  • John Fusi
    June 5, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Any projection yet on when this might be commercially available, and at what price point?

  • Chiloquinruss
    June 5, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Well if the scanner turns out to be only half as good as the Replicator 2, I’m in! Russ


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