Hot off the heels of their announcement that they’ll be setting up shop within the cozy confines of Microsoft retail stores across the US, MakerBot has also just announced that they’ll be releasing their coveted 3D scanner next week. According to their announcement via their mailing list, MakerBot has “optimized the whole process to work perfectly with MakerBot’s Replicator Desktop 3D Printers”. Will it be more promising than what was released at this year’s SXSW? Here’s the rest of the details.
For those who have been paying attention to various MakerBot news stories, you might remember when Bre Pettis unveiled the Digitizer at this year’s SXSW Interactive stage to ho-hum reviews from the general Maker crowd. First of all, 3D scanning isn’t necessarily ‘new’— you can take a 3D scan with your iPhone or even Google Glass. Second, the quality of scans that the Digitizer took at the time were…’okay’ considering that this is supposed to be ‘easy to use for the masses’. Let’s hope that the final iteration of the Digitizer truly will be “a natural progression for us to create a product that makes 3D printing even easier” according to Bre Pettis.
Here’s the rest of the announcement: