Priced at under $1,000, the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner is one of the best in its class. It is a stationary scanner that is designed to capture scans of smaller objects for modeling as well as 3D printing.
It offers a convenient portable and compact design, complete with a rotating plate and high-def scanning. For its price, it’s a great scanner for a number of modeling and printing scanning purposes. The quality, along with the software, makes it ideal for capturing accurate and watertight 3D models.
The scanner works great with the MakerBot’s Replicator 3D printer. The laser scanner uses multi-scan technology to seamlessly capture all sides of your object and then merges them into a 3D model. You can scan with a complex reconstruction process that connects multiple, hundreds of thousands in fact, scan points into digital mesh, and do it all in a matter of seconds. You will often find that no repairing is needed on your scans, so you can instantly begin printing them or making creative edits to your model.
The rotating plate supports an 8X8 inch scale and holds up to 6.6 pounds. Even on larger objects, you can typically scan in about 10 minutes or so, and with the two Class 1 laser line, the scanner can capture items in great detail and accuracy, ensuring that every single angle of your object is captured completely.
The real benefit of the MakerBot scanner is the software capability. It offers easy installation and ease of use, and allows you to manipulate 3D models to improve, shape, twist, and animate elements for individual results. When you complete your edits, you can share end results with your community of 3D modelers.
The MakerBot Digitizer is a great scanner for its price point. It’s an ideal choice for many scanners, because of the use of its existing line of printing tools, and its versatile and powerful 3D modeling software. The software allows you to fully capture watertight models and make changes before printing or modeling. The scanner offers fast and accurate scans, allowing you to achieve the level of detail that you want for whatever object you are scanning.