As reported by SolidSmack last week, MakerBot has announced that the MakerBot Digitizer 3D scanner is ready for pre-order. In the announcement video released today, MakerBot Founder and CEO Bre Pettis encourages you to “blaze a trail into the future…this is an amazing adventure we get to go on together.” So it is.

MakerBot Digitizer: The $1400 3D Scanner

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We saw our first glimpse of MakerBot’s foray into the world of 3D scanning at this year’s SXSW festival in Austin back when it closely resembled an original MakerBot Thing-O-Matic rather than the sleek(er) Replicator 2 3D Printer. Today, we get to see more juicy product shots of what might very well be one of the most important pieces missing from MakerBot’s product ecosystem. While there are a myriad of product designers and others with CAD knowledge, the stretch is few and far in-between. As the name ‘Replicator’ no doubt means, the ability to ‘replicate’ something is the ability that MakerBot wants it’s prosumer-based market to have. For those that always wanted to 3D print something but didn’t know the difference between an extrude or a cut in SolidWorks, life just got a whole lot easier:

t11) Scan

t22) Adjust in MakerWare

t33) Print

84) Share a joke about 2D Scanners with Bre

Today, MakerBot has opened pre-orders for the Digitizer with a price of $1400 and a shipping date set around mid-October. Combined, the cost of a Replicator 2 3D printer and a Digitizer 3D scanner will set one back $3599—not too shabby considering the cost of a similar setup less than five years ago. Currently, MakerBot is focusing on the designer market to provide a quick, reliable, and affordable option for modifying prototypes and other 3D models (that can fit on an 8 x 8 inch surface).

Official Specs and Product Shots:









  • 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
  • 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]
  • Storage Temperature
    0°–55° C [32°–90° F]
  • Operating Temperature
    15°–32° C [60°–90° F]
  • AC Input
    100–240 V, ~2 amps, 50–60 Hz
  • Power Requirements
    12 V DC @ 2.08 amps

(Images via MakerBot)


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.