Just like you can rip a song or a movie onto your hard drive, now anyone (who has an extra $1,400 to spend) will be able to take a physical 3-D object, scan it, and create a digital copy. MakerBot's new Digitizer scanner will be available beginning next month.
"It's a machine that you put on your desk and you put things on it...and lasers shoot at it and it turns around and a camera takes a picture of it at every interval, and in less than 12 minutes it turns this physical object into a digital design," said MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis. "It jump starts the whole digital design process and really allows you to make really beautiful physical models very quickly."
If you're also one of the 23,000 consumers, who own the MakerBot Replicator—the company's 3-D desktop printer—you can print copies of your scanned model.
CNBC visited MakerBot's headquarters in Brooklyn, N.Y. to speak with Pettis, and to get a sneak peek at the Digitizer before it ships.