MakerBot's 3D scanner now available for pre-order, priced at $1,400

By on August 23, 2013, 8:30 AM

MakerBot on Thursday opened pre-orders for the MakerBot Digitizer, a 3D desktop scanner that will go hand-in-hand with your MakerBot Replicator 3D printer. The scanner, which was first announced back in March, will allow users to create digital files of physical objects in exchange for $1,400 of your hard-earned money.

Simply place an object on the turntable and power up the Digitizer. From there, a series of lasers will scan the surface of the object and turn the data into a 3D file. The entire process takes about 12 minutes or so at which time you’ll have a fully editable file to do with as you wish on your computer.

There are a few limitations to be aware of, however. For example, the machine is only capable of scanning devices that weigh 6.5 pounds or lighter and you’ll want to use the machine in a well-lit room. But these issues pale in comparison to the great big elephant in the room that will seemingly be addressed sooner or later – copyright questions.

How exactly will MakerBot deal with the inevitable onslaught of intellectual property questions associated with the Digitizer? And by that, I specifically mean, what will happen when people start scanning and reproducing things for which they don’t own the rights to? Trust me, it will happen.

For now, they aren’t saying much really. In a FAQ on the company’s website, they point out that the MakerBot Digitizer is a new technology in a new frontier. Pretty vague, eh?

User Comments: 6

Got something to say? Post a comment
2 people like this | cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

That is awesome!

Side note:

I wonder how many will be sued for patent violations, made available by this tech.

1 person liked this | Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

"How exactly will MakerBot deal with the inevitable onslaught of intellectual property questions associated with the Digitizer?"

That's not their problem. It's a tool, nothing more. It's the responsibility of the person that purchases and uses the tool to use it in a responsible manner, and it is not the manufacturer's responsibility to ensure it is used appropriately.

1 person liked this | ikesmasher said:

The copyright rules are hardly different between a 3d scanner and a 2d scanner. As Wendig0 said its a tool. creators of 2d scanners arent getting sued when a user scans in an entire book.

tonylukac said:

When you see this (a star trek replicator) and the implications, you realize how wrong all the rules are that we put up with. Sunsetting time, like our forefathers foretold.

JC713 JC713 said:

This is so cool. I wouldnt want to dump $1400 on it lol. I hope that whoever buys it will have millions to spend in case of lawsuits .

St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

Ugh, I need to move my butt. It's been over a year since I drafted plans for pretty much this.

Load all comments...

Add New Comment

TechSpot Members
Login or sign up for free,
it takes about 30 seconds.
You may also...
Get complete access to the TechSpot community. Join thousands of technology enthusiasts that contribute and share knowledge in our forum. Get a private inbox, upload your own photo gallery and more.