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MakerBot 3D Scanner Digitizer

While the MakerBot 3D Printer was cool, you did need some basic computer CAD skills … now, you can skip that skill …

The MakerBot 3D Scanner … (not available yet, but coming soon).



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18 March 2013 Gadgets 4 Comments


  • NascarFan says:

    John, how big can you make something?

    • John says:

      Kevin, the Next engine scanner can grab an object about 10″x12″. It works by combining multiple scans so you could keep grabbing ‘chunks’ of a larger object and blend them together in your model to make something larger.

      I sold the scanner after a couple of years as it wasn’t getting used all that much.

      I never have bought a 3D printer, there are plenty of service bureaus you can use. That way you have a wide variety of output options and someone else maintains the machine and consumables. I recommend you check out Ponoko. They offer all sorts of model output options and their prices seem very fair.

      To make your own die cast you might computer model a mold then melt and pour old Lightning McQueens and Finn McMissles into it. 🙂

  • 5oclockshadow says:

    So when is someone going to start busting out some custom Cars with these?

  • John says:

    I’ve been using the Nextengine scanner for a few years, it does a good job.

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