MakerBot announced the development of a new MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner at SXSW Interactive. The scanner shown at SXSW is a prototype model, and the company says it will spend time testing, scanning, and 3D printing the items scanned with it.
"We are super excited to announce at SXSW Interactive that we are developing the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner," said Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot. "It's a natural progression for us to create a product that makes 3D printing even easier. With the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, now everyone will be able to scan a physical item, digitize it, and print it in 3D, with little or no design experience."
The company also announced MakerBot MakerWare 2.0, the latest release of its software. It includes full MakerBot Replicator 2X support, and the ability to change model colors. Dual extrusion support allows users to make two-color prints, and designate which part of the model comes from each extruder.
MakerBot Firmware 7.2 is also available.
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Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company's website.