Fab Academy is a Digital Fabrication programme directed by Neil Gershenfeld of MIT’s Center For Bits and Atoms and based on MIT’s rapid prototyping course, MAS 863: How to Make (Almost) Anything.
The Fab Academy offers a 6-month programme on digital fabrication, and it could be taken in any of the participating labs. The Fab Academy offers Certificates on relevant technical topics and a Diploma aimed at vocational and technical training for employment and investment (along with assistance to its graduates in those areas). Fab Academy Certificates provide familiarity with technical options and capabilities, hands-on experience, and direction for further study. Each requires and is evaluated by, developing and documenting projects. They are periodically renewed to reflect best practices. Each Certificate typically requires one week. They are combined in the Diploma, which is roughly comparable to completing MIT’s rapid-prototyping course ‘How To Make (almost) Anything’. Progress is evaluated by skills and projects rather than time or credits.
During this 6-month programme, students learn how to envision, prototype and document their projects and ideas through many hours of hands-on experience with digital fabrication tools, taking a variety of code formats and turning them into physical objects.
Students at the Fab Academy learn:
– How to use a Fab Lab’s digital fabrication tools for rapid prototyping
- Epilog Mini Lasercutter
- Roland MDX-20 Milling Machine
- 3D printer
- Roland CAMM-1 Servo GX-24 Desktop Vinyl Cutter
– Electronics design and production by producing circuit boards using a variety of sensors and output devices.
– How to programme AVR microcontrollers on the boards they have produced.
- Molding and casting
- 3D scanning and printing
How It Works
Each lab that participates in the Fab Academy program is part of a global Fab Lab / Fab Academy network. The local branches of the Fab Academy work with other participating Fab Labs and experts from around the world via a distributed educational model where we pool our knowledge to provide a unique educational experience.
We view and participate in global lectures broadcast from MIT on Wednesdays at 9:00 am – 12:00 pm EST. The lectures are recorded and available to students throughout the semester. In addition to the lectures, there are two lab days each week where students have access the digital fabrication equipment and personal help with projects.
Fab Academy faculty who are leaders in their respective fields provide global video lectures, supervise academic content, and guide research. Hands-on instruction in the labs is provided by instructors who supervise and evaluate certificates, develop and disseminate instructional material, and assist with projects.
For more information please check: http://www.fabacademy.org/diploma
Bio Academy is a Synthetic Biology Program directed by George Church, professor of Genetics at Harvard medical school. Based on the 2015 alpha year course named How To Grow ‘Almost’ Anything, weekly lectures are delivered by a faculty comprising some of the worlds leading practitioners. Together with practical lab experience, the program explores frontiers of the emerging fields of Synthetic Biology, Genetics and Computational Biology.
Students view and participate in global lectures broadcasted every Wednesdays at 9:00 am – 12:00 pm EST. The lectures are recorded and available to students throughout the semester. In addition to the lectures, there are 2 / 3 lab days each week where students have access the lab equipment and personal help with projects. Each Lab will establish the schedule for these Lab days.
The program requires a minimum of 30 hours per week.
Academany faculty, who are leaders in their respective fields, provide global video lectures, supervise academic content, and guide research. Hands-on instruction in the labs is provided by instructors who supervise and evaluate Certificates, develop and disseminate instructional material, and assist with projects.
For more information visit Bio Academy webpage.
Fabricademy is a transdisciplinary course that focuses on the development of new technologies applied in the textile industry, in its broad range of applications, from the fashion industry to the upcoming wearable market.
Fabricademy is a two-phase programme that covers 6 months: approximately 3 months of seminars and learning modules plus 3 months focusing on individual in-depth applied project research.
The possibilities to conduct experimental research in an open laboratory give students the physical and mental space for innovative re-thinking and reframing of today’s realities, offering the resources for visions to be materialized, tested, developed and fabricated, no as a linear process, but as a spiral iteration and implementation into reality. Through the programme, we are developing and implementing a new approach to how to create, produce and distribute textile and fashion elements, by using distributed manufacturing infrastructures and knowledge networks.
Along with experts from the field, the participants will investigate how the textile and fashion industry can benefit from new technologies, processes and business models. We are experimenting with the human body, culture and mindset by recycling, hacking and sensing it, creating feedback loops with project development, where materials, aesthetics, sustainability and customization play equal and important roles. The Fabricademy offers a cross-disciplinary education and research platform, where production and culture through advanced technologies are making an impact in the way we think and act towards the textile industry and all of its application fields. Working locally, while creating connected communities globally.