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Last Updated: 11 January 2014 

Official Makerbot Australian Distributor

Makerbot Digitizer : Desktop 3D scanner

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 @ $1,499.00
Non Stock item. Approx. delivery time: 3 weeks
Freight Free. No hidden costs!
All our prices are GST inclusive (no hidden extras at the checkout!). Plus all machines are orders over $250 are shipped free!

Includes 12 months Australian Warranty and Full Tech support!
We stand by these machines. Tech support is always free and included in the price is 12 months Australian Warranty! NOT a "back to the USA" or a "you get it back to us" warranty. A full parts and service Australian warranty. If something is faulty, damaged in transit, DOA etc we will send you the part free and instructions on how to fix it!

Thinking of buying from Makerbot in the USA
Lets Do The Math:
$US 1,400 : Machine
$US 150 : Makercare - warranty/support
$US    9 : Insurance
$US   204.10 : Freight Cheapest
$US 1,763.10 : Total
= $AUD 2074.23 : Total
On arrival
$  207.50 : GST
$  150 : Customs fees/duties
Yes everyone must pay these!
Grand Total: $2431.73

With just two clicks, the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner’s simple to use, yet sophisticated software creates clean, watertight 3D models that are ready to 3D print. Makerbot have optimized the whole process to work seamlessly with MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers, but you get standard design files to use on the 3D printer of your choice. You don’t need any design or 3D modeling skills to get started, and it all happens in just minutes.

Behind the two-click simplicity is a powerful and complex reconstruction process. MakerWare for Digitizer contains an algorithm that connects hundreds of thousands of points into a seamless digital mesh in just seconds. There’s no patching, stitching, or repairing required, so you can skip straight to your creative process. We’ve worked hard to create software that saves you time.

How Does It Work?

To start, you place an object in front of the Digitizer’s camera. Then the scanner’s two lasers project light onto the object. The lasers are 60 degrees apart, and they scan one at a time to get the most accurate results. Once light bounces back into the camera, two sets of 3D points are formed, which the Digitizer software merges to create a 3D image.

The MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner outputs standard 3D file formats so that you can improve, shape, mold, twist, animate, and transform objects in a third-party 3D modeling program.
For example: Use MeshMixer (free) to join two scans together (like the hat added to the gnome below.
Use Makerware (free rendering software for Makerbot replicator 3D printers) to scale your object
Use ZBrush to sculpt your model like sculpting clay. In the picture bellow the Gnomes beard has been sculpted to be more fluffy and his ears more pointy.

Why Two Lasers are better than one
The Digitizer is equiped with a two-laser system, allowing it to adverage the data from both scanners and produce a more acurate model. In the puppy and acient relic (which is really a thing Makerbot found at the thrift store) scan examples in the picture you can see the dramatic difference in detail between one and two laser technology.

Auto Repair and Water Tight Functionality
The Makerbot Digitizer software includes Auto Repair functions that fill in the missing data. Other 3D scanning options BilbyCNC has tested often resulted in files with holes and missing data, like this puppy on the left of the photo below. These holes can take hours to clean up and fix. Makerbot have solved this problem with an auto repair feature built into their software which is both time savings and makes their system much easier to use than many others. This feature means not only are your scans water tight and ready to print, but also smoother and more complete. There’s also the option to flatten the top of your model. The results are obvious in the puppy screen captures below.

User Tips and Tricks
As always we will be writting up helpful articles for you all and posting them in the new DIGITIZER section of our support desk. The first one is already up Dealing with reflective surfaces...heres a preview

But not all objects or materials were created equal when it comes to reflecting light. Highly reflective materials, like this trophy, can create an effect much like a lens flare on your camera, overloading the sensor with light. You can solve this problem by dusting your object with baby powder (we used a little bronzer). Just look at the difference between the models below:

When can you have one?
As official Australian Distributors for Makerbot Industries, BilbyCNC is uniquely positioned to get you your Makerbot Digitizer fast.
The Replicator 2 is stocked here in our NSW warehouse (except for rare and very short sell outs that last less than 2 to 3 days).
They are due for release from Makerbot Industries mid-late September and within 1 business day of their arrival they will be out to you with TNT couriers. Delivery is usually :
2 days to Sydney or Melbourne,
3 days to Brisbane,
5 days to Adelaide and
7 days to Perth.

You get an email as soon as we book the job with online tracking details, so you can watch it travel to you online.

Watch the Videos/look at the photos
For more videos please visit Makerbot on YouTube

Full Specifications
This machine will come fully assembled by Makerbot in their Brooklyn Botcave.
Machine - Performance
Scanning Area/size 20.3 X 20.3cm
Dimensional accuracy +/- 2.0mm
Detail resolution 0.5mm
Triangles per 3D modelApprox 200K
Scan speedApprox 12 min
Steps per rotation800
Optimal Light ConditionsArtificial indoor light
Maximum weight on turntable3 kg
Machine - Physical
Machine Size47.5 (L) X 20.3 (H) X 41.1cm (W)
Machine weight2.1kg
Shipping weight5 kg
AC input100-240V, ~2 amps, 50-60 Hz
Power Requirement12V DC @ 2.08amp
ConnectivityUSB connection

Software - Makerware for Digitizer
Download itFree down load here
Export File TypeSTL
Operating SystemsWindows (7+)
Mac OSX (10.7+)
Linux (Ubuntu 12.04+)
Drivers and Software
Communication InterfaceUSB to PC/Mac
LCD panel and video-game-style control pad. (provides build statistics and monitoring information, and full machine control
SD card slot lets you load models and build directly from the control pad.
Software Uses Makerware, which is detailed above
File Formats.stl, .obj, .thing

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