ExtremeTech - As with most emerging technologies, 3D printing has been coming down in price and finding a wider audience. It wasn’t long ago that buying a 3D printer meant assembling it and soldering connections yourself. Those complicated, easily-broken printers have evolved to become more consumer-friendly, and no company is more involved in this shift than MakerBot. The company has been teasing the next phase in 3D printing for a few weeks, and today is the big day. The MakerBot Digitizer lets you turn a real world object into a digital file fit for printing, and it’s now available for pre-order.