MakerBot Digitizer

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Makerbot Digitizer

  • The MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner is a quick and easy way to turn the things in your world into 3D designs you can share and print.
  • What makes the MakerBot Digitizer special is that it is designed 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.
  • Outputs standard 3D file formats so that you can improve, shape, mold, twist, animate, and transform objects in a third-party 3D modeling program.

Optimized for 3D Printing

With just two clicks, the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner’s simple yet sophisticated software creates clean, watertight 3D models that are ready to 3D print. We’ve optimized the whole process to work seamlessly with MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers, but you get standard design files to use on the 3D printer of your choice. You don’t need any design or 3D modeling skills to get started, and it all happens in just minutes.

Technical Specifications

Scan volume Up to 20.3 (diameter) x 20.3 cm (H) [8 x 8 in.]
Dimensional accuracy ± 2.0 mm [± 0.079 in]
Detail resolution 0.5 mm [0.0197 in]
Triangles per 3D model Approx. 200K
Scan speed Approx. 12 minutes
Steps per rotation 800 per rotation
Optimal Light Conditions Artificial indoor light
Maximum weight on turntable 3 kg [6.6 lbs]
Included Software MakerWare for Digitizer
Exported File Types STL, Thing
Operating Systems Windows (7+) Mac OSX (10.7+) Linux (Ubuntu 12.04+)
Components Two eye-safe Class 1 laser line generators
Camera 1.3 megapixel CMOS image sensor
Enclosure Material PC ABS
Connectivity USB connection
Stepper Motor 0.9° step angle with 1/16 micro-stepping
Dimensions 47.5 (L) x 20.3 (H) x 41.1 cm (W) [18.7 x 8.0 x 16.2 in]
Shipping Dimensions 52.1 (L) x 24.4 (H) x 47.0 (W) cm [20.5 x 9.6 x 18.5 in]
Product Weight 2.1 kg [4.7 lbs]
Shipping Weight 5.0 kg [11.0 lbs]
Storage Temperature 0°–55° C [32°–90° F]
Operating Temperature 15°–32° C [60°–90° F]
AC Input 100–240 V, ~2 amps, 50–60 Hz
Power Requirements 12 V DC @ 2.08 amps

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner?

The MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner quickly turns the things in your world into 3D models that you can modify, improve, share, and 3D print. It’s a fast and easy way for anyone to create clean, watertight 3D models, optimized to work seamlessly with MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers, MakerBot MakerWare, and Thingiverse.

Why did MakerBot create the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner?

We wanted to give the world another tool for being creative. For more than four years we have made the best desktop 3D printers in the world to turn digital design files into real physical things. Now with the MakerBot Digitizer, you can turn physical things into digital design files!

Why is the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner significant?

The MakerBot Digitizer is a desktop 3D scanner that makes it easy and fast to create clean, watertight 3D models based on physical objects.

Who is the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner for?

The MakerBot Digitizer is for early adopters, experimenters, and visionaries who want to be pioneers in Desktop 3D Scanning. This includes, but is not limited to, architects, designers, creative hobbyists, educators, and artists.

Who is the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner not for?

Expectations should be realistic. You will not be able to, for example, scan a hamburger and then eat the digital design. Expectations for precision should be realistic, too. The MakerBot Digitizer is not ideal for engineers who require very high precision scanning. If you need a realistic reproduction of the tiny features on an insect’s body, the MakerBot Digitizer is not the tool for you.

What about intellectual property and copyrights? Does scanning something violate those?

The MakerBot Digitizer is a new technology in a new frontier. If you’re interested in reading more about how copyright and other IP topics, check out writings from the public interest group Public Knowledge .

What’s special about the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner?

It’s the fast and easy way for anyone to create clean, watertight 3D models, optimized to work seamlessly with MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers, MakerBot MakerWare, and Thingiverse.

What kinds of things are difficult to scan or don’t give good results?

Objects with surfaces that are shiny, reflective or fuzzy do not scan well. In order to make a high quality 3D model, the camera must be able to see the laser line in the appropriate place. Shiny, reflective, and fuzzy surfaces prevent that. Objects that are very dark in color also do not scan very well, because the very dark surface absorbs much of the laser line. The MakerBot Digitizer cannot scan surfaces on objects that are hidden from the camera.

Why do some things scan poorly while other things scan very well?

Like any technology, 3D scanning is limited by the laws of physics. In order to make a high quality 3D model, the camera must be able to see the laser line in the appropriate place. Objects that are very dark in color also do not scan very well because the very dark surface absorbs much of the laser line.

What is 3D scanning used for?

3D scanning with the MakerBot Digitizer is an ideal way to get started on a 3D design process without having to start from scratch, whether you are creating a prototype of a new product or a new 3D model to share on Thingiverse.com.

What is the resolution of scans from the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner?

The MakerBot Digitizer captures enough points to create about 200,000 triangles for each new 3D model. It can capture details as small as 0.5 mm, and surface depth as shallow as 0.5 mm. The dimensional accuracy of the MakerBot Digitizer’s is ± 2 mm, meaning that when you scan an object, the dimensions of your 3D model will be within 2 mm of your original object.

What kind of scan quality can I expect from the MakerBot Digitizer?

The MakerBot Digitizer produces 3D models that contain approximately 200,000 triangles. The 3D models are watertight, meaning they do not have holes of missing data, and the software automatically removes stray data that is not part of your object. Designers, educators, and artists can use the MakerBot Digitizer scans as starting points in their 3D creation process.

Is the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner optimized for MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers?

We optimized the MakerBot Digitizer to work seamlessly with our existing MakerBot MakerWare software and our line of MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers. This optimization means you can go from scan to print in just a matter of minutes.