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February 17 2014

MakerBot Digitizer | A Scantastic Deal

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Make 3D Models Fast—for Less!
Now, for only $799, you can create, scan, and share your very own 3D models. With no design or 3D modeling experience required to get started, the MakerBot Digitizer lets you:

– Digitally capture and preserve your 3D mementos, creations, and precious objects.

– Explore the frontiers of 3D scanning. Share adventures with enthusiasts of all ages.

– Participate in educational and entertaining 3D scanning projects and challenges.

– With our easy-to-use software, you can create clean 3D models in just two clicks.

Check out our blog post that shows examples of beautiful scans as well as helpful tips on using your MakerBot Digitizer. We can’t wait to see what you make!

January 10 2014

MakerBot Digitizer | Beautiful Scans + Education Recap

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An Amazing Collection
It’s been just over four months since the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner was released, and the results have been incredible. We’ve collected some of our favorite scans on MakerBot Thingiverse. Here are some of the highlights:

Bored Turtle is an ideal object for 3D scanning on the MakerBot Digitizer. It required no preparation because it’s a great size (fits easily in an 8”x8” cylinder) and good color/texture (grey stone). It scanned well, and came out nicely on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer.

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The Waving Cat was also a success on the MakerBot Digitizer. It’s also the right size for scanning, but it needed a little work to manage its shiny exterior, so it was painted grey. You can see it came out well and the 3D prints were fun to paint!

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This Swedish Moose  (Thing # 188003) was a good object for the MakerBot Digitizer. It’s a correct size, and it required just a little powder to prepare it for scanning. The video below shows how it was scanned and gives an excellent example of what it’s like to create 3D models with the MakerBot Digitizer.

Click here to view the embedded video.

Inspired? Now It’s Your Turn.
If you own or plan to purchase a MakerBot Digitizer, take a look at the following blog posts from the Digitizer Education Series. They will teach you great tips and tricks for making high-quality 3D scans like the ones above. Topics include:

Part 1: Introduction

Watch a video taking you through the basics of MakerBot Digitizer.

Part 2: Placement, Calibration, and Lighting

Get important information on setting up your scanner and objects for scanning

Part 3: Materials for 3D Scanning

Learn what materials can be scanned as is, and which ones need some preparation.

Part 4: Size and Stability of Objects

Determine how big or small, and what shape your objects should ideally be for scanning.

Part 5: MakerBot MultiScan Technology

Use this amazing capability that allows you to scan an object from several angles and have the images combined into a more comprehensive 3D model.

We hope you’re as excited to create 3D models with the MakerBot Digitizer as we are to see them. Keep submitting your work to MakerBot Thingiverse, and make sure you tag your entries with “Digitizer.”

Happy scanning!

December 13 2013

MakerBot Digitizer | Limited Time Holiday Discount

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Save Big Till the New Year
The MakerBot Digitizer is an amazing tool that quickly turns things in your world into 3D models you can modify, improve, share, and 3D print.  When you order one from now until December 31st, you’ll get it for only $949. That’s a savings of over $450 from the usual retail price of $1400.

This deal extends to the Complete Desktop Bundle too, which includes:

– One MakerBot® Replicator® 2 Desktop 3D Printer
– One MakerBot Digitizer
– Two spools of MakerBot® PLA Filament
– MakerBot® MakerCare™

Buying each item separately would cost you $4,213. This holiday discount reduces it to $3,162, which is a total savings of $1051!

Don’t Miss Out
This is a perfect opportunity to start 3D scanning with the MakerBot Digitizer at a fraction of its regular retail price. Take advantage of this holiday discount, and start showing off the cool things you can create—right on your desktop.

We hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season. Happy Scanning!

December 04 2013

Wired Pop-Up Store | MakerBot is in Good Company

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Partners in Creativity
What happens when the standard in 3D printing and 3D scanning joins forces with the world’s leading-edge tech magazine? Find out today when MakerBot teams up with Wired at the annual holiday Wired Pop-Up Store. It’s located in New York City at 353 W. 14th Street (at 9th Avenue) from December 4th through the 22nd.

An Array of Innovation
At the Wired Pop-Up Store, you’ll be able to see the MakerBot® Replicator® 2 Desktop 3D Printer and MakerBot® Digitizer™ Desktop 3D Scanner on display with other elegant futuristic products. All that clever design combined with the spirit of the season might inspire you to invent your own cool gadgets. But what tools could you use to help make them?

Hmm, let’s think….

 

November 19 2013

Digitizer Education | Part 5: MakerBot® MultiScan™ Technology

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A Revolution in 3D Scanning
We’re thrilled to announce that today’s MakerBot® MakerWare® 2.4 release includes MakerBot MultiScan Technology, a feature that will forever change the way you create 3D models with the MakerBot® Digitizer™ Desktop 3D Scanner.

We developed MultiScan so you could scan objects from multiple angles to create the best possible 3D models. Now you can capture the top, bottom, and hidden parts of your object, and experiment to optimize your 3D models.

More Complete Coverage
MultiScan improves scan coverage by allowing you to “merge” two or more scans of an object, each taken from a different position. You can scan an object vertically and horizontally, or from any angle that the object can be positioned on the turntable.

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MultiScan takes your MakerBot Digitizer experience to an exciting new level. Now you can capture more data from objects with complex geometry and occlusions, which are parts of the object that block the laser from other parts of the object. For example, you can grab more detail off this figurine by scanning it several times tilted in different positions.

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Broader Capabilities, Increased Versatility
MultiScan opens up new categories of objects to scan, particularly ones that would have come out less detailed if they had only been scanned once from one position.

In the image below, the angel wings occlude other parts of the object. When scanned from one position, much of that detail is blocked or not picked up. But when scanned four more times,—once from each quadrant of the turntable, and facing the same direction every time—the laser is able to reflect once-blocked sections of the object back to the camera. Then MultiScan combines all the data to create a more robust 3D model.

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A quick note: We’ve found that after five scans, the quality of a 3D model doesn’t improve much more, and could even degrade. For most objects, two or three should do the job.

Revived by MakerBot MultiScan Technology
A cool story of how MultiScan makes 3D scanning even more awesome comes from a member of our MakerBot team. His favorite radio-controlled car was missing a wheel, and he couldn’t find a replacement.

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To fix it, he removed one of the wheels and prepared it to be scanned on the MakerBot Digitizer.

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Using MultiScan, he scanned the wheel, resulting in a great 3D model of the wheel. He then printed it on his MakerBot® Replicator® 2 Desktop 3D Printer with MakerBot® Flexible Filament. After a few minutes of prep work to make sure the new tire fit the axel, his radio-controlled car was ready to roll.

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Accelerate Your MakerBot Digitizer Experience
Now that you have a taste of how MultiScan can expand the possibilities of 3D modeling, we hope you’ll explore and share what you create with the Thingiverse community. The methods you discover and designs you produce are the fuels that keep the Next Industrial Revolution moving forward at full speed!

November 14 2013

Digitizer Education | Part 4: Size and Stability of Objects

In this post, we’ll discuss several factors that could affect the quality of the 3D models you get from the MakerBot® Digitizer™ Desktop 3D Scanner, and some tips and tricks on how to improve them.

Maximum Size
The MakerBot Digitizer can scan things within an 8”x 8” cylinder (that’s 8” tall by 8” diameter). If an object can fit in this cylinder, then the camera can pick up its exterior surface.

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Minimum Size
If an object is smaller than 2” x 2”, the MakerBot Digitizer will not be able to pick up much detail from it.

You might be able to improve the scan by placing the small object upon a transparent or dark platform on the turntable. This will lift it closer to the center of the camera’s line of view, which should allow it to capture more detail than it would have otherwise. You can always crop the platform out later.

Resolution
The MakerBot Digitizer can pick up details larger than 500 microns (1/2 mm). Anything less will not make it into the 3D model.

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Dimensional Accuracy
An object’s scan may not match the exact outer dimensions (+/- 2mm) of the original physical object.

 

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Stability
You’ll get the best possible 3D model if an object stays in one position while the turntable is active. Therefore, you will want to make sure your object doesn’t move while it’s scanning.

First, make sure the MakerBot Digitizer is resting on a stable surface, and not sharing a surface with a moving or vibrating object—like an active 3D printer, for example.

Then check if your object is heavy enough to remain stable during a scan. Objects placed on the MakerBot Digitizer must weigh less than 3 kg (6.6 lbs), but if they are too lightweight, they may slide around the turntable during scanning. And any object—despite its weight—may shake, rattle, or roll, depending on how it is constructed.

One way to stabilize an object like this is to anchor it in some modeling clay or another malleable substance. This will create a sturdy surface that holds the object steady throughout the entire scan.

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We hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about the MakerBot Digitizer and find this information helpful. Happy scanning!

 

 

October 31 2013

Digitizer Education | Part 2: Placement, Calibration, and Lighting

Now that you’ve gotten an overview in part 1, you’re ready to use your MakerBot® Digitizer™ Desktop 3D Scanner to jumpstart the modeling and prototyping process, and have fun experimenting. Here are some tips and tricks to help you get the best possible results.

Find a Solid Spot
Place your MakerBot Digitizer on a flat, stable work surface, and make sure no part of it extends over the surface’s edge.

  • Set up your Makerbot Digitizer facing the nearest wall. The darker the wall, the better.
  • Ideally the lasers should point toward the wall while avoiding any windows or other bright light sources. Bright light or reflective things shining in the camera can interfere with your scan, causing noise and halos.

 

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Ideal placement of the MakerBot Digitizer

Calibration is Crucial for Good Results
Calibration ensures the position of the turntable and lasers are recorded accurately so your MakerBot Digitizer can produce the best possible scans.

  • Calibrate your MakerBot Digitizer in normal-to-bright indoor lighting.
  • Avoid direct overhead light though (as seen below). The light source should come from behind your scanner so it’s not shining right into the camera.

 

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Example of too much overhead light in the camera

 

  • If you must calibrate in a dark space, illuminate the calibration tool with a lamp or flashlight behind your scanner so it’s not pointing into the camera.

For detailed instructions on the calibration routine, please read pp. 31–33 of the MakerBot Digitizer User Manual.

Lighting for Better 3D Scans
To get the best results, scan objects in the same lighting conditions you calibrated in, or anything darker—including total darkness.

  • Scanning in low light is best, but you don’t need to turn the lights out. However, if you’re having trouble scanning something with the Dark setting, try shutting off the lights completely. The only time you must have light is during the calibration routine.
  • In order to capture the most detail of your object, the Preview screen should be as black as possible when the filter is on, as seen below.

 

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A good Preview screen view of a 3D scan

 

  • Recalibrate your MakerBot Digitizer if you’re not happy with its scan results. During recalibration, you want to be able to see the entire checkerboard pattern on the Calibration Tool on your screen, as seen below.

 

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Optimal view during recalibration

 

Finally, here are a few cool tricks we discovered:

  • If you need to capture more detail, set the option to Dark mode—even if the object is light colored. Be prepared for your scan to have some extra noise though.
  • Hang black felt on wall facing your MakerBot Digitizer to darken the wall’s surface. That way any light in the room won’t bounce off the black background and cause bright spots the camera might think are part of the laser line.
  • Place an open umbrella behind your MakerBot Digitizer (i.e. not in the direction of its lasers) to improve scan results. Don’t do this during calibration though.

 

We hope these tips make your experience with the MakerBot Digitizer even better. See you soon, and happy scanning!

 

October 29 2013

Digitizer Education | Part 1: Intro

An Amazing Creative Tool

The MakerBot® Digitizer™ Desktop 3D Scanner is an incredible piece of technology that was recently praised by Popular Mechanics as one of the top 10 breakthrough products of 2013.  There are already many people using the MakerBot Digitizer to quickly turn the things in their world into 3D models they can modify, improve, share, and 3D print.

We encourage you to experiment with the MakerBot Digitizer, and share your 3D models with the MakerBot community on Thingiverse.  But if you’re just getting started, please watch this short video that will help you set up your MakerBot Digitizer and get you 3D scanning right away.

See you soon, and happy 3D scanning!

September 30 2013

MakerBot Digitizer | Ready to Ship!

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We’re now ready to ship the MakerBot® Digitizer™ Desktop 3D Scanner. It quickly turns the things in your world into 3D models that you can modify, improve, share, and 3D print.

From TechCrunch to Wired, the MakerBot Digitizer has been shaking up the world of tech. It’s even made a holiday wish list or two. Starting October 1st, our factory in Brooklyn, NY will be shipping the MakerBot Digitizer to 3D explorers worldwide who are ready to pioneer the future of desktop 3D scanning. The MakerBot Digitizer will also go on sale at the MakerBot® Retail Store in Manhattan. Get yours now and be one of the first to start creating 3D models with this groundbreaking 3D desktop scanner.

September 11 2013

Digitizing Plaster

Here at MakerBot Headquarters, every desk is a little world of printed objects. Since the release of the MakerBot Digitizer, all these funny, lumpy clay creatures have joined the ranks. They’re great but when we put a trained sculpture to task, the results really started to get exciting.

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Along the Pont Neuf in Paris, there are a series of lampposts designed by Victor Baltard in 1854, depicting Neptune and his dolphins. Robert Steiner, our Chief Product Officer here at MakerBot, wanted to incorporate elements of these lampposts into a design for some furniture of his own. He sent these two pictures (above) off to a sculptor in the Philippines. A few months later these sculpts (below, left) arrived in the mail, but they were not great objects for casting into molds, as Robert had planned. He put them in a box and nearly forgot about them until we launched the Digitizer. Sensing an opportunity, he brought them into the office and the dolphin scanned beautifully. Plaster, due to its pale and textured surface, is a great material for scanning. The Digitizer software had no problem filling in the occlusion behind the lips.

Plaster originals at left, Digitized and Replicated versions at right.

Plaster originals at left, Digitized and Replicated versions at right.

Robert asked the sculptor to give Neptune an open mouth, in hopes of turning it into a fountain spout. The Neptune face didn’t scan well laying flat, so I attached some clay to the base to help it stand up straight. This gave his beard a trim, but now the printed version has a flat base to stand on.

September 04 2013

Digitizing Clay

One of the most exciting things about the MakerBot Digitizer is the ability to bypass 3D modeling software altogether. Software is great for blocky shapes like houses, and for complex, algorithmic shapes like fractals, but not so great for organic or irregular forms. No matter how good a GUI is, there are no manipulators we know better than our own hands. With the help of a MakerBot Digitizer, we can make digital 3D models from clay.

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I made a small model head out of Roma Plastina modeling clay. This is an Italian plastiline that will stay soft and pliable until it’s fired. Since it’s non-reflective and not too dark, it shows up really well to the scanner. Make sure you get grades #1 or #2 because the #3 and #4 grades are hard to work with— much less mushable. If you’re getting a MakerBot Digitizer, pick some up at your local art supply shop and start modeling stuff, so you’ll be ready when your Digitizer arrives. If you can’t find Roma Plastilina, other modeling clay should also work. Besides making models, you can also use this clay to help hold up challenging things that don’t have a flat base.

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I spent about ten minutes making the head. Sculpting is not easy but I’m no professional, and I’m sure you could do something this good or better. I put it right in the center of the MakerBot Digitizer’s turntable, enjoyed the lovely noise made by the machine as it turns, and waited about twelve minutes for it to scan. The Digitizer software automatically filled holes in the mesh to make it watertight, but also left some light striping (above, right). I opened the model in MeshMixer, a free tool from Autodesk, and used the smooth function to smooth it out (above, left).

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Here is the model and it looks great as a 3D print! If I were a sculptor or animator, I could make multiple heads with different facial expressions to use in stop motion animation. It took 10 minutes to sculpt the head, 12 minutes to scan it, and 2 hours to print it with a raft and support. When it was done, I shared it on Thingiverse!

August 30 2013

MakerBot Digitizer | LASER CAT

The test lab here at MakerBot has issued me one of the first MakerBot Digitizers to play with and I’m going to put it through its paces. The setup was easy: I just installed the software, plugged in the power supply and connected it to my computer via USB. The software will guide you through the configuration process. This is one of those times where you really have to follow directions. The Digitizer comes with a checkerboard configuration object, which you’ll put on the turntable. The software uses the checkerboard configuration object to analyze the laser alignment, then adjusts for any slight imperfections or misalignments. Calibration is easy so if you ever notice that something with your models doesn’t look right, recalibrate. If you travel with your MakerBot Digitizer or move it around, you’ll want to recalibrate it then too.

When we were looking for scannable objects to showcase the MakerBot Digitizer, there came a moment where we asked, “What goes well with lasers?

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Cats go well with lasers! We found a ceramic cat on eBay and put it in the announcement and named it… LASER CAT!

What makes this a great thing to digitize? LASER CAT is a great candidate for scanning because it’s all one piece, and as the MakerBot Digitizer spins it around, the laser can see all the parts. LASER CAT has no occlusions, which are parts of a model that obscure other parts of the model. If the camera can’t see the laser, then it can’t render that part. Occlusions form the internal harbors of an object, like the armpits of objects… always there, but not always seen. One of the superpowers of the MakerBot Digitizer is the ability to deal with hidden geometry— the software will fill in the holes— but we don’t need that superpower for this model.

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What is the challenge? So LASER CAT does present a challenge to the MakerBot Digitizer because LASER CAT has a reflective surface. If you scan things that are reflective without dulling the surface, you may get some weird results. To make LASER CAT non-reflective, I sprayed it with some dry shampoo, which is basically an aerosol can of rice starch. I did this in a well ventilated area and the result was a fine layer of powder over the whole thing. Now the lasers won’t reflect off of the object and I stand a much better chance of getting a clean scan. I washed the dust off the cat when I was done digitizing it.

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Result: LASER CAT scanned beautifully on the first try. Here is a close up of the mesh so you can get an idea of the density of the 211,034 triangles that make up this model. It didn’t require any post processing. It’s a nearly perfect copy. The MakerBot Digitizer software made it easy to share LASER CAT on Thingiverse and just because it came out great, don’t be afraid to post process and make a derivative.

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We went ahead and made a derivative with actual lasers, which you can check out on Thingiverse as well.

July 29 2013

Digitizer Update 9 | Scan And Scale

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The MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner gives you the power to unleash the creative potential of the things you already own.

Did your child create a stencil in art class? Customize an iPhone case with her design. Did you just win the biggest award in your field? No need to stick to just one trophy: print that baby out in every color of filament we make. Are you an interior designer trying to replicate a favorite vintage piece? Scan it in and print as many as you’d like. Got a treasured figurine from grandma? Scan it, scale down, and turn it into a pair of earrings, like we did with our thrift store cat this week.

Those are the kind of possibilities that get us really excited about the Digitizer, especially when combined with the power of a desktop 3D printer like the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer.

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What would you scan and scale down? Tweet @makerbot with the hashtag #digitizer or leave a comment below with your suggestions. You can find our cat figurine and all the STL files from all our scanning adventures in our “Digitized!” Thingiverse Collection.

 

 

July 19 2013

Digitizer Update 8 | Digitizing Tips

We already know a lot about the Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner. To recap:

  • The Digitizer scans an object with two lasers to create models that are more complete. [More]
  • Digitizer’s software automatically fills in missing scan data to complete a model. [More]
  • The software also adds flat surfaces to the top and bottom of an object to create a watertight model. [More]

Bottom line, it’s pretty amazing that we can take real-world objects, and scan them into the digital world as 3D models. But how does it all work? The process is simple and elegant.

To start, a user places an object in front of the Digitizer’s camera. Then the scanner’s two lasers project light onto the object. The lasers are 60 degrees apart, and they scan one at a time to get the most accurate results. Once light bounces back into the camera, two sets of 3D points are formed, which the Digitizer software merges to create a 3D image.

But not all objects or materials were created equal when it comes to reflecting light. Highly reflective materials, like this trophy, can create an effect much like a lens flare on your camera, overloading the sensor with light. You can solve this problem by dusting your object with baby powder (we used a little bronzer). Just look at the difference between the models below:

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Learning what scans well and what doesn’t is a lot of fun. It’s exciting to think that, pretty soon, you’ll be running your own experiments and sharing the results.

Are you ready?

You can find the STL files from all our scanning adventures in our “Digitized!” Thingiverse Collection.

What would you scan? Tweet @makerbot or leave a comment below with your suggestions.

July 05 2013

Digitizer Update 7 | Two-Laser Scan

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What’s better than one laser? You guessed it: two. Why? Because, lasers!!!

Last week, the MakerBot development team passed a major milestone, equipping the Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner with a two-laser system. Now that the Digitizer is packing double the heat, it can average the data from two scans to produce a more accurate model. We showed you the 3D model of a puppy that we scanned with two lasers, but check out the contrast when we used just one. From refinement on the snout to the removal of artifacts, the two-laser scan shows vast improvement.

We’ve been inspired to re-scan some other objects to compare the results. For example, this thrift store totem has been captured in greater detail using two lasers, including an impressive rendering of the top of the object.

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We’re so pleased with the results that we decided to share this model, along with everything else we’ve scanned so far, in a new Thingiverse Collection called “Digitized!”.

The increasingly great progress coming out of the lab is getting us really excited about scanning things, and about our forthcoming MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner.

Tweet @makerbot or leave a comment below with your suggestions on what we should scan next week.

June 28 2013

Digitizer Update 6 | Missing Puppy Data Found

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The Digitizer team at MakerBot is hard at work trying to make the scanning experience as easy and intuitive as possible for our users. We want the Digitizer to help take the guess work and effort out of creating good models for 3D printing and 3D modeling projects.

For example, other 3D scanning options often deliver files with missing data, like this puppy on the left. The puppy model is filled with holes, which makes it almost impossible to process for 3D printing or use for additional 3D modeling. Repairing all the holes is crucial but it can be a time-consuming process. In order to fulfill on the promise of time savings and ease of use, we engineered our MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner to automatically repair any holes and streamline the capture and print process.  The result is that you can send every scan to your 3D printer without any repair work. A round of a-paws for our hole-free puppy!

Have suggestions for our next scan? Email us at thoughts@makerbot.com, or click here to sign up for email updates about the Digitizer.

June 21 2013

Digitizer Update #5 | Watertight Scans

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When we announced the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, we asked people what they would scan. Art and artifacts were at the top of the list. This week we this ancient relic we found at the thrift store to test and see the print results from our scan.

The Digitizer’s software automatically finds the bottom of the object and creates a closed flat surface. This is important because 3D models that aren’t completely watertight, or “manifold” in technical terms, can cause major problems for 3D printing algorithms. Making a model watertight can be labor intensive, so we automated the process.

There’s also the option to flatten the top of your model. Above, you can see what the scan file would look like without the flattened top (left) and what it looks like after this option is applied (right).

Have suggestions for our next scan Email us at thoughts@makerbot.com, or click here to sign up for email updates about the Digitizer.

June 13 2013

Digitizer Update #4 | Cat Scan

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In order to continually optimize the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, the MakerBot team tests objects to see the results. We found a feline friend at our thrift store trip last week, and decided to take him on a journey through our 3D scanning workflow.

STEP 1: FIND YOUR OBJECT
The first step in scanning an object is finding an object with the right specs to scan well. This friendly feline has a matte texture that is perfect for scanning, as glossy surfaces can overexpose the camera’s light sensor, making surfaces difficult to capture.

STEP 2: DIGITIZE YOUR OBJECT
Our cat fit within Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner’s size parameters, as it can scan objects up to the size of an 8″ by 8″ cylinder.

STEP 3: PRINT YOUR OBJECT
At last, we can print our 3D object on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer. There are many ways to scan a cat, but the best option is with the MakerBot Digitizer 3D Scanner.

OPTIONAL: REFINE YOUR OBJECT
The advantage of 3D scanning an object is the ability to spend your time tweaking a design instead of starting from scratch. If we weren’t in such a rush to show off our scan to the MakerBot community, we would’ve refined our model by adding more texture, or increasing the level of detail on the cat’s tail. Softwares like Autodesk’s Mudbox or 123D can be used to refine your design.

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June 10 2013

Digitizer Update # 3 | Thrift & Scan

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In order to continually optimize the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, the MakerBot team scans and tests objects to see the results. MakerBot engineer Jamie found some test subjects at a local thrift store:

DEPTH RESOLUTION | Angel

The scan accurately captures the feathery details of the Angel’s wing, thanks to the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner’s depth resolution specifications.

DEPTH RESOLUTION | Lighthouse

The  lighthouse has subtle textures that are beautifully captured in our scan. Many of the organic textures found on the original model lighthouse can be found in the resulting scan.

DESIGN JUMP-START | World’s Greatest Tennis Player

Our MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner allows for constant iteration and time savings by capturing accurate renderings of many objects such as ”The World’s Greatest Tennis Player.”

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May 31 2013

What’s New With The MakerBot Digitizer: Update 2

We’re continuing a series of updates regarding the MakerBot Digitizer, the Desktop 3D Scanner we launched as a prototype at SXSW. We’ll be bringing the MakerBot community the inside scoop on how the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner is evolving.

Our  goal with the Digitizer is to make an affordable 3D scanner that works well with our Desktop 3D Printers. We don’t want scans that you have to clean up and cut flat surfaces into. Off the scanner, into the printer. We know that’s what you want, so that’s what we’re working toward.

MakerBot’s Chief Strategy Officer Jenny Lawton was excited to be able to preserve her childhood memories, using the MakerBot Digitizer to scan ceramic models she created at age 8. The Digitizer production team was just as excited about the fidelity of the actual scans. It’ll give design teams a jumping off point for 3D modeling. Rather than spending hours creating the basic contours for a physical object, designers can just use their Digitizer and get right to making tweaks.

We can’t wait to see the Digitizer in action this Fall.

Stay tuned for more updates on the MakerBot Digitizer. We also have an email list that you can sign up for at makerbot.com/digitizer. When you’re there, be sure to tell us what you’d scan, and keep your feedback coming in the comments.

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