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MakerBot takes wraps off the Digitizer 3D scanner (pictures)

At SXSW 2013, MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis introduces his company's new Digitzer printer, which uses a laser scanner to grab a 3D rendering of an object to be replicated and printed.

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Digitizer 3D scanner

During his opening keynote speech at South by Southwest 2013 in Austin, Texas, MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis took the wraps off his company's new Digitizer printer, which uses a laser scanner to grab a 3D rendering of an object to be replicated and printed.
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Firing laser scanners at a garden gnome

"It's kind of like Tron," MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis explained, as a prototype of the new Digitzer 3D printer fired its laser scanners at a garden gnome.
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Gnome closeup

A closeup of the gnome setup. The Digitizer will be available this coming fall, and is ideal for scanning cylinder-shaped objects between 2 inches and 8 inches high. It will work under indoor light, which is important to note since it uses lasers to scan the objects.
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3D printing taking the world by storm

The impact of the MakerBot printers can't be understated, Pettis argued. From children born without hands who were given prosthetics 3D-printed for them, to companies that use MakerBot's tools to prototype their prototypes before going to their larger prototype-making machines, to a set designer on New York's Broadway who prints out her sets overnight, 3D printing has taken the world by storm, he said.

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