Aug.22, 2013

MakerBot, desktop 3D printer manufacturer, announced today the availability of the MakerBot Digitizer desktop 3D scanner on its website.

Pre-orders are being taken now, with shipping expected mid-October. Current price is $1,400 plus an optional $150 for MakerBot Digitizer MakerCare, a service and support program.

"Bringing the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner into the world has been a big goal of ours this year." stated MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis.

The MakerBot Digitizer takes a real-life object, scans it using a camera and two lasers, and creates a 3D digital file -- without any need for design or 3D software experience.

The MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner is optimized for MakerBot's Replicator Desktop 3D Printers and MakerBot Thingiverse. Just connect the MakerBot Digitizer to a laptop or computer and you are ready to digitize.


  • Simple, yet sophisticated software to create clean, watertight 3D models with just two clicks
  • A 3D digital design file in just minutes
  • Outputs standard 3D design file formats that can be modified and improved in third-party 3D modeling programs, like Autodesk's free software MeshMixer
  • Easily upload scans directly to MakerBot's
  • Ability to digitize physical objects up to 8" in diameter and 8" tall and up to 3 kg (6.6 lbs.)

Source: Makerbot

"We focused on making the MakerBot Digitizer super easy to use, intuitive and simple. The MakerBot Digitizer is powered by MakerBot MakerWare software, and we plan to offer in the future additional software updates that are expected to add even more features and capabilities." noted Pettis.


Scan size: 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 [0.197 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

Operating Systems: Windows (7+) / Mac OSX (10.7+) / Linux (Ubuntu 12.04+)


Lasers: 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


Product 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]

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perry (aka cerberus333 on thingiverse) wrote at 8/24/2013 12:14:47 AM:

David's point for the Makerbot Replicator 2 "for the majority of consumers it is indeed easier to use" is in fact the case. I own the replicator (1) and it is almost a turnkey 3d printer. I think the selling point of the scanner is a similar user experience. While I love to model 3d stuff, i think a large segment of the population does not. This scaner is positioning itself as a solution that is more consumer friendly. I wont argue about the pricepoint, but similar things could be said of apple products (overpriced etc). Makerbot is selling a product with the expectation of a better user experience. If they deliver, then the price is subjective to the user's needs.

Scot wrote at 8/23/2013 3:33:13 PM:

yeah the Matterform does +/- 0.2mm resolution and the Makerbot does 2mm the Matterform costs less than Half and does 10x the accuracy???? What was MB thinking?

Sas wrote at 8/23/2013 12:38:28 PM:

@David, reading my thoughts mate....and the accuracy is sad.... and the price is mindblowing :/..... but then again... the replicator ain't cheap either..... it's turning into the "apple" under the 3D printers, overpriced for the hardware you get... My thingomatic is watching this article and makerbot developments with an broken heart

David wrote at 8/23/2013 3:08:28 AM:

The Matterform scanner is far superior AND much cheaper! It can scan in colour unlike the Digitizer, superior resolution, faster scans and it folds up and hides away. $600 for a better product vs. $1400/1550. I suppose that you could extend this to the Makerbot printer also (not heated, 1 colour for >$2000), although for the majority of consumers it is indeed easier to use and heavily promoted..

Adam wrote at 8/23/2013 12:29:23 AM:

well is this as over priced as it looks or am I missing some thing?

jd90 wrote at 8/22/2013 10:33:09 PM:

"Dimensional accuracy: ± 2.0 mm" That's actually pretty sad.

Jason wrote at 8/22/2013 8:18:26 PM:

why on earth are they selling it for $1400!? Its a glorified laser and webcam setup. Anybody that pays that price is stupid. There are other scanners out there for a lot less. You can make your own setup entirely similiar to the Digitizer for as little as $100 - $200.

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