See it, scan it, make it: The MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner can scan any object placed on its 8-inch turntable and in 12 minutes create a digital file that can be used to reproduce it in plastic in a 3D printer like the @MakerBot® Replicator 2. The Brooklyn-built $1,400 digitizer has two low-power lasers which take 800 thin scans of the objects, which can be up to 8 inches tall. Scanned objects can be sliced, diced and otherwise edited in software before they’re reproduced.
Question type of material do printers print in? It depends on the printer the new printers print in high quality plastic filament and nylon webbing, but the old printers did print in ABS plastic and glass filled poly-carbonate (strong plastic material).