Belts and stuff: experiences to share.

We are finally back with an insanely long Blog Update! With the FABtotum Personal Fabricator we went through a series of experiences in designing a proper belt system, and we thought it might be cool to share this experience. Some designs spawned several prototypes, some of those where a step forward, other a failure, but ...

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FABtotum Electronics in the wild.

As all computer-controlled devices, the FABtotum rely on electronics to perform all the operations needed, both from a computational and physical point of view (calculate what to do and correctly move motors accordingly). In a CNC device, movement and I/O controls are an important part of the electronics design. During the alpha development we used ...

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Scanning: (R)ock (P)aper (S)cissors

With the last dev blog update (from November, ugh!) we have showed some RasPiCam calibration in order to have better image quality during scans. You also have seen a very early glimpse on the FABtotum UI, so you can have an idea of how both hardware and software coexist. Today I want to talk a ...

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Depth of field & laser scanning

One of the first things we are trying to improve is the onboard laser scanner resolution. The Alpha prototype was a miserable 640×480 USB Webcam, we are now working with hi-definition CMOS Sensors. In the FABtotum, the Laser Scanner works with some trigonometry wizardry to translate a projected laser line into a set of points ...

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So much stuff! So much love!

Our Indiegogo Campaign isn’t over yet and we started 2 weeks ago discussing improvements to the platforms that are feasible in the 8-months timeframe. Generally speaking we’re all over the place, doing interviews with the press, talent scouting to add more brains to our dev team (wich is growing too). And preparing papers, doing on-site ...

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Heavy Metal!

Have a look at the design quality of the FABtotum! Also remember this is the Alpha prototype,not the current development stage.

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FABtotum on air!

FABtotum will be featured for a couple of minutes – August 22, 2013 on national TV, first channel 8.30 PM (GMT+2). Piero Angela, the host of SuperQuark (a 18-year long running scientific show) is, among with his recurring guests such as Paco Lanciano, a renowed science journalist and an inspiration for millions of kids, as ...

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FABtotum: a brief background story

            The following post was originally a brief presentation I wrote as an introduction to personal fabrication and social/technological aspects of it. In this presentation I discussed the origins of computer assisted machining from a social standpoint, tracing a line to the present and the future. This “documentary” is a ...

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FAbtotum wins S2P competition

Another update, this time good news! We submitted FABtotum to the Switch2product (S2P for short) competition at the Politecnico di Milano University in Milan,a contest with the goal of promoting innovative products and business ideas. FABtotum won the first prize and will be incubated in the business incubator (POLIHUB) of the university. We are really ...

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