Desktop 3D scanner unveiled

Makerbot has taken the wraps off a new device which lets users scan objects so they can be replicated using a 3D printer.

The Makerbot Digitizer, which costs $1,400 (£900), works by pointing several lasers at an object up to 8in in height or diameter and detecting contours in the surface. After around 12 minutes of scanning, the measurements can then be sent to a 3D printer to print out or uploaded to Thingiverse, a website for sharing 3D designs. "The MakerBot Digitizer is for early adopters, experimenters and visionaries who want to be pioneers in Desktop 3D Scanning," said Makerbot in a statement. "This includes, but is not limited to, architects, designers, creative hobbyists, educators and artists." A demonstration of the Digitizer is available in the video below. For more info, visit .