Turn Anything Into a 3D Model With the Makerbot Digitizer
Now you can scan and print 3D clones of pretty much any small item in your home. It's great.
Want to make 3D copies of an object but don’t have the know-how to design a computer model of it yourself? MakerBot has got you covered. The company is taking preorders for their Digitizer, a laser scanner that can create a 3D model of any object so you can print copies of it from your 3D printer. Soon, my army of action figures will be complete…
Well, we may have oversold it a little bit. The Digitizer can make a 3D computer model of anything you can fit on its turntable, which is still a lot of things. Place the object you want to copy on the turntable, and it will get zapped with lasers from all angles, providing you with a spiffy new digital model of it. Then, you can tell your 3D printer to print out as many plastic copies of that digital model as you’d like, providing you with a convenient clone army for all your favorite GI Joes. And also other things, I guess.
You can get a look at the Digitizer in action in the video below. At $1,400, the gizmo won’t come cheap, but considering you’ll be able to use it to copy and print an almost infinite universe of small objects, look at is not as buying a really cool toy, but making an investment that also happens to be a really cool toy.