Perhaps one of the most important things about the device is that it will likely lead to an explosive growth of freely available content in the 3D ecosystem. MakerBot is offering the Digitizer for pre-order at $1,400 with an optional $150 service plan. Availability is expected by October.
The device looks a bit like an old record player with a spinning turntable where the item being scanned sits. An armature attached to the turntable houses two lasers which essentially act as rangefinders as the object spins around. They track the curves and lines of the entire surface, eventually recording hundreds of thousands of points in three dimensions. The MakerWare software suite takes all those points and assembles a digital mesh, ready for printing.>/blockquote> Full details at ExtremeTech.