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FABtotum Personal Fabricator

These days, crowdfunding platforms such as Indiegogo and Kickstarter feature quite a few projects in the space of 3D printers. Most of these projects promise to develop cheaper, more affordable 3D printers aimed at the broader consumer market.

Whereas each one of these projects certainly has its merits, the FABtotum campaign currently live on Indiegogo has caught our attention: the FABtotum team initially aimed to raise $50.000 now stands at over $400.000 with two weeks of the campaign still to go! A campaign which generates such momentum certainly deserves a closer look.

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What is 3D Printing?

3D printing, additive manufacturing, rapid prototyping, desktop manufacturing, freeform fabrication, rapid manufacturing, digital manufacturing or fabbing – those are all buzz-words we are stumbling a lot upon surfing the Internet or checking the most recent media reports. Techies, hackers, fabbers, bloggers and journalists all talk excitedly about this technology’s “disruptive potential“, they dub it a “real game-changer” or even call it “the third industrial revolution“.

But what really is 3D printing?

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