Pettis, CEO of 3D printer manufacturer MakerBot, gave only the promise that you could place on the device any object (that would fit within a virtual cylinder 8 inches in diameter and 8 inches high) and get a digital file of good enough quality to send right to a 3D printer to make an exact copy — essentially promising a 3D Xerox machine. MakerBot calls its new machine the Digitizer.
Today (Aug. 22), the biggest question was answered: What would it cost? At $1,400, the digitizer is a pricey item, but it's possibly inexpensive enough for a curious tinkerer. After all, MakerBot's latest 3D printer, the Replicator 2, has had good sales (so says MakerBot, which hasn't yet released numbers) the steep price of $2,199 — making it one of the pricier consumer 3D printers out there. The popular Cubify Cube 3D printer, for example, sells for about $1,500. And the RepRap build-it-yourself models can be purchased as cheaply as $500.
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