Thursday, January 29, 2015

Copy 'Cater

Makerbot's new 3-D Digitizer replicates just about anything


Let's say you've got a favorite trinket. Maybe it's an heirloom tie clip, or a petrified rat skull, or the spork your great-uncle gave you on his death bed.

We don't know what kind of weird s*** you get into.

Let's also say that you've taken our advice and bought one of the several 3-D printers we've recommended.

Now all you need is MakerBot's Digitizer, and you can have all the weird s*** your heart desires.

The Digitizer scans whatever everyday object you desire to replicate with lasers and a turntable, and then spits out a ready-to-use printer file within minutes. It takes all the meticulous guess-work of trying to recreate something with 3-D modeling software alone.

But you don't have to stop there. You can clone objects in any size your 3-D printer can handle. (A rat skull charm bracelet might be your goth niece's best stocking stuffer yet.)

Or improve upon original designs, too. Take your scan of, say, your favorite coffee mug. Load up your go-to modeling software, and give it some antlers. Boom: antler mug.

Or what-have-you.

MakerBot Digitizer

Price: $1,400 here

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