MakerBot Digitizer desktop 3D scanner goes on sale as site is briefly swamped by demand

MakerBot’s Digitizer desktop 3D scanner has gone on sale with the first shipments to be sent out in October and it opens up the 3D printing market to consumers.

The device has gone on sale worldwide and will set buyers back $1,400 [£900]. It uses lasers and cameras to replicate objects and allows consumers to scan objects without the use of complicated 3D equipment.

“Bringing the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner into the world has been a big goal of ours this year. We are really excited about the MakerBot Digitizer. This is another innovative product for visionaries, early adopters, experimenters, educators, creative hobbyists, 3D sculptors, organic modellers, designers, and architects who want to be the first to become an expert in Desktop 3D Scanning,” stated MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis.

The Digitizer works by scanning a real-life object with a camera and two lasers before transforming it into a 3D digital file, with the best part that no prior experience with 3D design or software required. It can digitise any physical object up to 8in in diameter, 8in tall and 3kg in weight.

MakerBot’s newest device is designed to work in conjunction with the firm’s Replicator Desktop 3D Printers as well as MakerBot Thingiverse. The scanner can be used in almost any setting with the user only needing to connect it up to a computer or laptop in order for it to start scanning.

The company website was swamped by customers trying to get their hands on the device, to the extent that the BBC reported that demand “appeared to overload” the store page.

MakerBot are expecting to ship the device by the middle of October and those forking out on the device have the opportunity to pay an extra $150 [£96] for the MakerBot Digitizer MakerCare service and support program.