MakerBot Digitizer lets you scan and make 3D printouts of household objects

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Attendants at SXSW Interactive in Austin were lucky enough to see the newest addition to MakerBot's stable of seriously cool, 3D-related things. Well, they got to see the prototype, at any rate.

All said and done, the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner definitely feels like the natural progression of things. The idea behind the device is a simple one: It's supposed to be a way to let you take a physical object, scan it, and then reproduce it as a 3D-printed object with the help of one of MakerBot's 3D printers.

Sadly, this might mean the advent of terrifying confectionery everywhere, but let's not worry about that just yet. After all, MakerBot's printers can only print with plastic, not food.

MakerBot anticipates a future where people will use the Digitizer for archiving, prototyping, replicating, and creating works of art, a future where broken things are simply reprinted whole once again—all within as little as 3 minutes.

As great as this sounds, of course, we can't help but wonder what sorts of intellectual property issues could come into play with a device that makes it easy to conjure up 3D-printed replicas of nearly anything.

MakerBot hasn't revealed too much else about the Digitizer Desktop 3D scanner just yet, but you can sign up for updates over on the MakerBot store. Of course, you could just stay tuned to GeekTech. You can be sure we'll tell you more when we find out more too.

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