To start with, let's revisit the idea of home fabrication. A few months ago, I did a summary of 3D printing vs. conventional milling machines controlled by computers. If you want to build cool or interesting things at home, which do you want? What gives you the best bang for the buck? There are reasons to have both type of machine, and both are worth considering. To start off the Techy Tuesday series, I ran across an interesting project on Indiegogo, the FABtotum, a box that does additive and subtractive building and throws in a 3D scanner too!
FABtotum is a multipurpose tool, the first Low Cost Desktop Personal Fabrication device that can operate a wide range of Computer controlled (CNC) manufacturing processes.
Print, Cut, Mill, Scan, Manipulate. Rinse and repeat!
A seamless interaction between the physical and the digital world.
While Current 3D printers are defined as Personal fabricators, there is so much more to personal fabrication than 3d printing alone! FABtotum allows anyone to explore the endless possibilities of a multipurpose fabrication device.
Pretty cool concept. The Indiegogo page says:
"Along with 3/4 Axis Subtractive Machining, Fabtotum is capable of 3-axis hybrid Additive / Subtractive manufacturing, meaning you can work in dual mode without loosing the position or having to move the workpiece.
OK, the downside is that it only works light materials, but in the videos they have, you can see it machining what looks like a chunk of aluminum. If it can machine aluminum, it can machine at least brass and mild steels. I've got to keep my eye on this project as it goes forward.
3D milling on light materials (Balsa, Foam, light wood) PCB milling : make your own circuit boards! Engraving 2.5 D Profiling (cutting) on light materials (balsa,Foam,Light wood) CNC Pre-Drilling 4 Axis machining on light materials. 4 Axis Engraving "