MakerBot, Brooklyn, NY, has introduced the MakerBot® Digitizer™ Desktop 3D Scanner for creating 3D models. The scanner takes a real-life object, scans it using a camera and two lasers, and creates a 3D digital file, without the need for design or 3D software experience. It can be used in an office, manufacturing space, or workshop, and connects to a laptop or computer. The scanner creates a clean, watertight 3D model with two clicks, and generates a 3D digital design file in minutes. It outputs standard 3D design file formats that can be modified or improved in third-party 3D modeling programs. The file can be printed on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D printer, or on other 3D printers. The scanner can digitize physical objects up to 8" in diameter and 8" tall, and weighing up to 6.6 pounds.

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This article first appeared in the October, 2013 issue of NASA Tech Briefs Magazine.

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