In just 10 days the FABTotum 3D printer, scanner, and milling device easily surpassed their $50,000 crowdfunding goal on Indiegogo. Their first stretch goal was topped only 48 hours later. The hot market of 3D printers has a new entry. And this one does even more.
Coming from Milan, Italy the FABTotem team is a startup incubated at the Politecnico di Milano University (POLIHUB). Founded by Marco Rizzuto and Giovanni Grieco, their goal is to bring rapid prototyping tools and personal fabrication to the masses. With this crowdfunding device – it appears they have accomplished this task. The founders won first prize at the Switch2Product (S2P) competion with their unique technology and now they have raised sufficient funds to complete first run production of this consumer device.
Most of the current 3D devices on the market focus on printing – which is incredible in itself. FABTotem has taken the concept of 3D creation to the next level by developing a product which can not only print but can also scan items using a sweeping laser to provide an accurate image which may then be printed. Replicating objects will now be a very simple task.
This multipurpose – desktop – personal fabrication device also facilitates 3D Milling or cutting is also available using light materials such as balsa, foam and light wood. Really this is a mini factory which sits on your desk.
The Alpha prototype is ready with the consumer version estimated to ship in Spring of 2014. Stretch goals have been set and repeatedly beaten. The total stands at almost a quarter million raised to date with more than two weeks left in the crowdfunding campaign. While the rewards levels start pretty low – if you want to be the first person on your block to have one of these stylish looking machines a DIY version will set you back about $1000. A fully assembled version set to ship in June of 2014 is going for $1099.00.
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