I don't know if I really need to 3D scan anything--well nothing that would fit within the MakerBot Digitizer's 8" diameter confines, winkwinknudgenugde--and I definitely know I do not have $1,400, but I like that little gnome. I feel as if he's calling out to me, inviting me to take an adventurous tour of the world with him.
"Don't worry," he says, "I'll use my magical gnome powers to shrink you down to my size so we can hitch free rides in ladies' purses and eat pretzel snack mixes out of the airplane food cart without paying a $12 fee."
"Oh boy!" I reply, "I'm in!" But just as I turn away to pack up all of my belongings...BZZZZT! "Dude! Dude? Uh...Mr. Gnome...are you OK?"
He's not OK. He's just been zapped and brain fried by the Digitizer's scanning lasers.
But on the bright side, he now exists as a clean, watertight, 200,000-triangle 3D model ready for computer modification and reprinting on MakerBot's Replicator.
The MakerBot Digitizer has been released for "visionaries" in 3D scanning. That means people who know what they're doing and have object manipulation and reproduction goals, but aren't so proficient and demanding that they have unrealistic expectations of this first edition desktop 3D scanner.
Digitizers have a two-click functionality. Once the object is in place and the scanning process begins, MakerWare software's algorithm connects"hundreds of thousands of points into a seamless digital mesh in just seconds." From there, the scanned object is ready for design tweaks, scaling, animation, or even complete transformation at the hand of its new maker.