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Object Placement

    Place Your Object Carefully

    It's important to know how to place your object on the MakerBot Digitizer turntable in order to get the best scan. Here are a few guidelines for object placement.

    The guiding principle of object placement is that as much of the object as possible should be in the line of sight of both the camera and lasers during the scan.

    Make Sure the Whole Object is Visible

    Place your object entirely on the MakerBot Digitizer platform in order to avoid a part of it getting "chopped off" in the scan. Then check to see if any part of your object will obscure the camera's view of any other part of your object. If so, place the object so that as much of it as possible is at the center of the turntable, and so that the hardest part to see is as visible to both the lasers and the camera. For example, the sides of a bowl could prevent the camera from seeing the inside of the bowl, or the arm of a statue could get in the way of the camera’s view of the body of the statue.

    When scanning an object without any of these kinds of overlaps, place the object so that as much of it as possible is at the center of the turntable. For example, a long, thin object might be placed upright at the center of the turntable.

     

    Minimize Overlaps

    If your object does have features that overlap other parts of it, place the object so that the hardest part to see is as visible as possible to both the lasers and the camera. For example, a bowl might be placed on its side with the inside facing the center of the turntable.

     

    There are also exceptions to these rules. If parts of your object aren't scanning well, try positioning the object differently on the turntable.

    Tip: If your object doesn't stay in place by itself, try resting it on a piece of modeling clay.


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