The Markerbot Digitizer is a 3D scanner that was specifically designed to scan objects that are to be recreated via 3D printing. It features LLT (Laser Light Triangulation) technology using eye-safe laser line generators. Although it is a stationary unit, its resolution is only 0.5mm, which is quite low. The only export options are either STL or the proprietary THING format.
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Pro Convenient automated scanning process
Using the scanner’s automated turning table results in accurate 360-degree scans of the target object, which is quicker and more convenient than moving the object (or the scanner) to get all of its sides.
Pro Straightforward calibration process
Since the camera and the laser generators are in a fixed position, calibrating them is quite simple. This needs to be done periodically, in order to get optimal results. The scanner can calibrate itself, the user only has to follow some simple instructions (like placing the calibration tool on the device's turning table).
Pro Companion software is very user friendly
MakerWare for Digitizer, the companion software for this scanner, is quite intuitive to use. After placing the object in the scanner's turntable, you can simply open MakerWare and start scanning. When you have enough scans of the object, you can then fuse all of them into a 360 degree STL model.
Con Can only scan small objects
This device can only scan objects that fit in the 20.3 cm cubic space "seen" by the scanner. There is no way to increase this size.
Con Has many poor user reviews
Almost half of the Amazon customer reviews gave this product a one star rating. Common complaints say the scanner underperforms compared to advertised specs, has issues with sharp edge scanning or just outright fails to work. Their technical support service has also been criticized heavily.