MakerBot unveils new 3D scanner
The Digitizer prototype uses two lasers to create 3D copies of small objects in as little as three minutes. Pettis believes the Digitizer could be a game changer in the growing world of 3D Printing, claiming that “now everyone will be able to scan a physical object.”
Up until now the appeal of 3D printing has been limited to a fairly small group of talented folk who have the creative ability to visualise and design 3D objects. Creating 3D scanned copies of everyday objects puts the makers innovation movement into the hands of a much larger group of consumers.
Pettis also believes it moves MakerBot into new territory – “we’re no longer just a printer company but a company that builds out a 3d ecosystem,” as he describes it. A whole gaggle of Intellectual Property lawyers will also be looking at the company’s new product with interest no doubt.
Pettis’ keynote immediately set the tone for this year’s SXSW Interactive where the focus is as much on physical and product innovation as it is one social platforms and services. “It’s time to get into hardware,” Pettis declared.