Makerbot has officially reintroduced the Makerbot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, which lets users scan items to create a 3D digital file. It will work with objects that are up to 8-inches in diameter, 8-inches tall, and weigh up to 6.6 pounds. The MakerBot Digitizer is available worldwide for pre-order and is priced at $1400 with the option of an additional $150 service and support plan. MakerBot plans to ship the scanners sometime in October.
The scanner works with two lasers and a camera to develop the digital files, so users will not need any experience with 3D software to make 3D printable files. According to MakerBot, printing only takes minutes and the digital files can be printed on other 3D printers, including the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer. The Digitizer scanner can also upload files to Thingiverse, a site where users can share and download 3D printable files.