Makerbot Digitizer Unveiled at SXSW

At SXSW Interactive, we can expect many exciting innovations in 3D printing, this is of course where Bre Pettis, CEO of Makerbot, first debuted the Makerbot prototype in 2009. Pettis, who gave the keynote address yesterday, announced the Makerbot Digitizer, a scanner which allows users to scan a 3D object, digitize it and print in 3D. The Digitizer uses two lasers and a webcam to create a digital plan which eliminates the need for a CAD (computer aided design) file, a challenging program for the inexperienced.

The Digitizer, which will become available for purchase in the Fall, can create small to medium sized objects, ranging in size form 2″-8″ cylinders. And this is just the beginning!

“This is something you would envision being a piece of fiction, but in fact, it is real — and it is so cool,” said Pettis.


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  1. […] Makerbot launches a scanner for objects to be printed using their printers. Very cool, but huge copyright and patent implications – very interesting to watch this shake out. […]

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