Is it possible for a machine to essentially be a 'jack of all trades' when it comes to personal fabrication?
"We celebrate a year-long effort that culminated with today's event," said FABtotum CEO and Co-founder, Marco Rizzuto. "With the launch of the FABtotum, we salute the birth of a new rapid manufacturing paradigm"
Founded in 2013 by four engineers and architects from the Politecnico di Milano University, Milan, Fabtotum is the result of a year's work on the multipurpose tool to make physical models via 3D printing and reverse engineering from existing shapes and objects. Contributors in more than 56 countries provided the funds to allow the development team to push the concept well past what they say was the original design.
The FABtotum Personal Fabricator – or FABtotum – is an all-in-one hybrid additive and subtractive CNC device that can print, cut, mill and 3D scan. After raising nearly $600,000 via crowdfunding, the team says that with built-in technologies like a heated platform, automatic bed calibration, expandable head mount and built-in non-proprietary spool storage, the FABtotum is easy to use and desktop-friendly.
In additive mode, printing volume is 214 mm x 236 mm x 242 mm with a Z layer size of 50 or 100 microns. It has 1-click auto bed leveling, supports 1.75mm filaments and runs at a print speed up to 300 mm/s.
In subtractive mode for milling, cutting and engraving, the volume is 214 mm x 236 mm x the milling bit height via a 200W, brushless motor with automatic RPM correction atop a working plane made of structural aluminum plate.
In digital acquisition, or scanning mode, the FABtotum's rotating laser scan, sweep laser scan, and Z-Probe Digitizer features a scan volume up to the full 3D printing volume depending on the object and modes used. The scans are created with a 5 Megapixel, 2592x1944 Raspberry Camera.
Featuring an open-source approach to software and hardware development, the FABtotum includes a software plugin system and an expandable head mount capable of accepting first and third party optional heads.
Made with the industrial-grade components, the makers say the launch of the FABtotum is just the first milestone in what will be a parade of optional heads and tools they expect from both FABtotum and third party manufacturers
"It will be exciting to see what new projects and ideas the FABtotum will make possible," Rizzuto says.