Four years ago, the founders of MakerBot presented their very first 3D Printer at SXSW. At this year's event they present the next stage in 3D printing to complement their products.
In an official blog post following the demo, MakerBot CEO, Bre Pettis announced, "now everyone will be able to scan a physical item, digitize it, and print it in 3D - with little or no design experience."
As the global leaders in the 3D industry with products such as the MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer the company's ecosystem will work alongside one another in the scanning and printing process.
The new product offers the opportunity to recreate objects without any design, CAD software or 3D modeling experience. Pettis went on to explain that it will be a "great tool for archiving, prototyping, replicating, and digitzing prototypes, models, parts, artifacts, atwork, sculptures, clay figures, jewelry, etc. If something gets broken, you can just scan it and print it again."
Using lasers and cameras this new piece of technology will replicate physical objects.
The demo at SXSW is just the beginning and MakerBot will spend time testing, scanning and 3D printing the items scanned with it.
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