Aug.22, 2013

Sometimes 3D printing is not enough for personal fabrication. FABtotum, a young Italian startup, has launched an Indiegogo campaign for their FABtotum personal fabricator, an all-in-one hybrid additive/subtractive CNC device that can print, cut, mill and scan.

With the detachable head, "Fabtotum can accommodate another subtractive or additive head on top, such as a more powerful motor, a small laser diode module for paper cutting, a pick and place clamp or a syringe for scientific applications. FABtotum could be even used for complex coil winding. Laser-cut parts, mill a double sided PCB or even do some 4-axis plasma cutting…"

3D printing

FABtotum prints 3D object with the common FFF tecnique (Fused Filament Fabrication). Its build volume is 210x240x240mm and Z precision is up to 0.47 microns.

3 and 4-axis subtractive manufacturing

Fabtotum features a dual head, with an engraving/milling spindle motor that can be used to machine common materials including wood, light alluminium or brass alloys. It can be switched to subtractive mode by removing and tiltomg the double sided printing plane and exposing the milling plane with built in fixtures to secure your workpiece.

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.

3D scanning

You will be able to scan objects with a built in laser scanner (quick scan, medium quality) and one dimension (Z) touch probe digitalizer (hi-accuracy, very slow).


  • Size: 366x366x366mm
  • Printing volume (additive) : 210x240x240mm (24 % in additive mode)
  • Milling Volume (Subtractive) : 210x240x[your milling bit height] mm
  • Scan volume (optical/digitalizer) : as much as accesible (up to printing volume depending on the object shape)
  • Scan Angular resolution: from 83 to 133 steps/degree in 1/16th microstepping mode.
  • CMOS sensor: 1024x768 or above.
  • 4th axis Milling angular resolution: as "Scan Angular resolution"
  • Z precision: 0,00047mm (0,47 microns)
  • Additive materials: PLA,ABS : built in protected material storage/coil.
  • Subtractive materials: with onboard motor: Foam,Balsa,Plywood,thin Aluminium, brass alloys (PCB layer).
  • Additive head: 0.35, 0.45 or 0.5mm nozzle, Bowden extruder.
  • Subtractive tool: Onboard 30 Watt spindle. standard milling bits (3.25mm diam.)
    Additional tool: space for tools up to 60mm mounting diameter.
  • Acquisition method: Laser Scanner (line laser) and Z digitizer probe
  • Other systems: mechanical homing endstops, vacuum cleaner port.
  • I/O : USB

Founded by Marco Rizzuto, 28 and Giovanni Grieco, 28 both with a background in Architecture, FABtotum is a young italian startup, currently hosted at the Business incubator district "POLIHUB" of the University of Politecnico di Milano.

In April 2013 FABtotum won the S2P competition held by the Politecnico Foundation, and the company is currently undergoing evaluation to become a university Spin-off.

FABtotum technologies is patent pending but the full documentations, drawings will be released and the reproduction of FABtotum is allowed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Sharealike 3.0 Unported Licence.

A complete FABtotum DIY kit will run you a $999 pledge, and a fully assembled FABtotum is available for $1,099, with worldwide shipping included.

The FABtotum Desktop Personal Fabricator will attend the first european Maker Faire in Rome during October 3-6, 2013. The schedule is not confirmed yet - so if you want to meet them there, contact the company first for more information.

Source: Indiegogo

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james wrote at 1/12/2015 7:59:06 AM:

Not worthy: Full of hardware issues

Abdullah Tahiri wrote at 9/1/2013 12:33:32 PM:

And now comes with a heated bed. Look at the indiegogo campaign!!!!

Matt wrote at 8/23/2013 2:49:07 PM:

I think the 0.45 micron precision is probably a reference to the ball screw pitch relative to the smallest motor step (assumption) and not the actual FFF deposit.

sas wrote at 8/23/2013 1:42:17 PM:

It looks awesome, especially the 4axis milling. but no mentioning of the software bundle used :/.... anyone who has done CNC work can tell you that it's not a simple plug and play machining, you need to work with several programs and settings before you can even start the machine....I'm really curious if they build an all in one software or just installed bunch of ready to use commercial/free software to do the milling/scanning/printing looks very exciting !

Nikita wrote at 8/23/2013 7:48:46 AM:

I need this

jp wrote at 8/22/2013 2:53:58 PM:

Dual printing/cutting machines are forgotten by the idealists but this is where the major money is. Use the FFF to put material where it needs to be, and quick trim with a high speed milling bit. I wonder if in this machine you can use a larger extrusion nozzle to crank the kg/hr output, and then trim using the cnc to get the precision. I have one clarification, 0.45 micron precision is a pretty tall claim to make on a 1,099$ this a typo?

francesco wrote at 8/22/2013 10:07:42 AM:

Spectacular proposal!!! WOW! The first complete machine!..they burn in time and function also AIO that just was annunced!..

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