MakerBot Digitizer | Beautiful Scans + Education Recap


An Amazing Collection
It’s been just over four months since the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner was released, and the results have been incredible. We’ve collected some of our favorite scans on MakerBot Thingiverse. Here are some of the highlights:

Bored Turtle is an ideal object for 3D scanning on the MakerBot Digitizer. It required no preparation because it’s a great size (fits easily in an 8”x8” cylinder) and good color/texture (grey stone). It scanned well, and came out nicely on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer.


The Waving Cat was also a success on the MakerBot Digitizer. It’s also the right size for scanning, but it needed a little work to manage its shiny exterior, so it was painted grey. You can see it came out well and the 3D prints were fun to paint!


This Swedish Moose  (Thing # 188003) was a good object for the MakerBot Digitizer. It’s a correct size, and it required just a little powder to prepare it for scanning. The video below shows how it was scanned and gives an excellent example of what it’s like to create 3D models with the MakerBot Digitizer.

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Inspired? Now It’s Your Turn.
If you own or plan to purchase a MakerBot Digitizer, take a look at the following blog posts from the Digitizer Education Series. They will teach you great tips and tricks for making high-quality 3D scans like the ones above. Topics include:

Part 1: Introduction

Watch a video taking you through the basics of MakerBot Digitizer.

Part 2: Placement, Calibration, and Lighting

Get important information on setting up your scanner and objects for scanning

Part 3: Materials for 3D Scanning

Learn what materials can be scanned as is, and which ones need some preparation.

Part 4: Size and Stability of Objects

Determine how big or small, and what shape your objects should ideally be for scanning.

Part 5: MakerBot MultiScan Technology

Use this amazing capability that allows you to scan an object from several angles and have the images combined into a more comprehensive 3D model.

We hope you’re as excited to create 3D models with the MakerBot Digitizer as we are to see them. Keep submitting your work to MakerBot Thingiverse, and make sure you tag your entries with “Digitizer.”

Happy scanning!

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8 Comments so far

  • Chris Charlton
    January 22, 2014 at 12:41 am

    Thanks for posting these vids.

  • john caldwell
    May 4, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    I am interested in the scanner, but I want one that can scan at a much larger size. Do you have anything like that? Are you working on it?

    • Tiffany Diorio
      May 5, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      Hi John,
      Our MakerBot Digitizer is the 3D scanner we currently have available. It scans 8in. x 8in. If you’d like to find out more information about it you can check it out here:

  • Barrett Blake
    May 13, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    What is the best approach to cut up an object larger than 8 inch x 8inch, 3D digitize it and then assemble the scanned pieces back together (into the original object’s size) using the software in order to print using the Z18?

  • K SIan
    July 6, 2014 at 1:35 am

    Does the software that comes with the Makerbot Digitizer allow for CFD analysis? I’m interested in this devices ability to digitize objects/shapes that can undergo flow analysis. Is this a possibilty?

  • Marcus C
    October 13, 2014 at 12:39 am

    I love the scanner!

    Some of the objects I scan though can’t be oriented in multiple planes easily.

    Are there stands that the digitizer won’t read(e.g. they are clear), or can be subtracted out of the image when rendering multiple scans?


    • Jodie
      October 14, 2014 at 2:52 pm

      Hi Marcus – We suggest using something matte black to suspend or prop up the scan object. Some post-scan cleanup might be needed, but black is typically not recognized by the scanner. Hope this helps!

  • George
    December 25, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Would it be possible to use this digitizer to make a CAD drawing to import into CAM software? My intent would be to use the digitizer, CAD and CAM software to import into a CNC milling machine. These would be used to machine an exact copy of the original object (obviously no larger than the digitizer can handle) in wax for investment casting of multiple copies of the original item. Thanks for any answers/input that anyone may have.


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