In order to continually optimize the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, the MakerBot team tests objects to see the results. We found a feline friend at our thrift store trip last week, and decided to take him on a journey through our 3D scanning workflow. STEP 1: FIND YOUR OBJECT The first step in scanning an object is finding an object with the right specs to scan well. This friendly feline has a matte texture that is perfect for scanning, as glossy surfaces can overexpose the camera’s light sensor, making surfaces difficult to capture. STEP 2: DIGITIZE YOUR OBJECT Our cat fit within Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner’s size parameters, as it can scan objects up to the size of an 8″ by 8″ cylinder. STEP 3: PRINT YOUR OBJECT At last, we can print our 3D object on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer. There are many ways to scan a cat, but the best option is with the MakerBot Digitizer 3D Scanner. OPTIONAL: REFINE YOUR OBJECT The advantage of 3D scanning an object is the ability to spend your time tweaking a design instead of starting from scratch. If we weren’t in such a rush to show off our scan to the MakerBot community, we would’ve refined our model by adding more texture, or increasing the level of detail on the cat’s tail. Softwares like Autodesk’s Mudbox or 123D can be used to refine your design. Have suggestions for our next scan? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or click here to sign up for email updates about the Digitizer. You can see the full “Digitized!” collection here.