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Makerbot introduced "The Digitizer" a 3D scanner at the SXSW 2013

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MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis showed an early prototype of a 3D scanner (MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner) at the SXSW conference in texas which is running from March 8-17, 2013. The South by Southwest conference is unique for introducing creative art works and new technologies.

Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot in the official press release published 8th March 2013 said, “We are super excited to announce at SXSW Interactive that we are developing the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner,”

MakerBot Digitizer

 “It’s a natural progression for us to create a product that makes 3D printing even easier. With the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, now everyone will be able to scan a physical item, digitize it, and print it in 3D – with little or no design experience.”

In this press release Pettis also said “The MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner is an innovative new way to take a physical object, scan it, and create a digital file – without any design, CAD software or 3D modeling experience at all – and then print the item again and again on a MakerBot Replicator 2 or MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer.”

 “This is something you would envision being science fiction, but in fact, it is real – and it is so cool,” Pettis said.

At Inition/Thinglab we are also excited about the digitizer and will be keeping you posted on further developments of this product.


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