The 3D Scanner shown at SXSW is a prototype model and MakerBot will spend time testing, scanning, and printing in 3D the items scanned with it.
“It’s a natural progression for us to create a product that makes 3D printing even easier,” said Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot. “With the MakerBot Digitizer, now everyone will be able to scan a physical item, digitize it, and print it in 3D – with little or no design experience.” Bre co-founded a popular speaking series with Brady Forrest called “Ignite.”
A 3D scanner collects 3D shape data that can then be used to construct digital, three dimensional models (for printing). They usually create a point cloud of geometric samples. Point clouds can be acquired from hardware sensors such as stereo cameras, 3D scanners, or time-of-flight cameras, or generated from a computer program synthetically.