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FABtotum, the Italian 3D printer that’s ready for crowdfunding

The only limit to the imagination of a Maker is the tools they have to work with. Give them a good set of tools and you won’t be able to stop them. Alternatively, give them a  FABtotum – a jack-of-all-trades machine that fuses a laser scanner, 3D printer and CNC milling machine. Naturally, this is the brainchild of Italian minds.

FABtotum is working on making itself known: it has just launched a crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo. The minimum goal for 7th October 2013 is set at US$ 50,000. Those who donate at least $999 will receive a complete kit with 3D printer, scanner and milling machine, by May 2014.

All the ingredients for success are in place: FABtotum is open source, modifiable and improvable by anyone who wants to get their hands dirty. It has a USB connection and can be customised by replacing the 3D printing and milling units. The printing volume is 210 x 240 x 240 millimetres, but its creative possibilities are practically unlimited.

The FABtotum team comprises Marco Rizzuto and Giovanni Grieco, both 28 years old with training in architecture and a passion for design and personal fabrication. The notion of an all-in-one 3D printer has been made concrete in the form of a start-up currently being incubated at the Polihub of the Milan Polytechnic. You can find them on Facebook and Twitter. Tell us what you think!

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