Fab Academy is a Digital Fabrication program directed by Neil Gershenfeld, head of MIT’s Center For Bits and Atoms and based on MIT’s rapid prototyping course, MAS 863: How to Make (Almost) Anything. During this 5 month “part-time” program (it is very intense though), students learn how to envision, prototype and document their projects and […]
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The Fab Academy Diploma consists of a 5 month part-time student commitment, from January to June each year.
The Fab Diploma is the result of the sum of Fab Academy Certificates. Progress towards the diploma is evaluated by a student’s acquired skills rather than time or credits.
The Fab Academy is a fast paced, hands-on learning experience where students plan and execute a new project each week. Each individual documents their progress for each project, resulting in a personal portfolio of technical accomplishments.
Students at the Fab Academy learn:
- how to use a Fab Lab’s digital fabrication tools for rapid prototyping: Epilog Mini Laser cutter, Roland MDX-20 Milling Machine, 3D printers, Roland CAMM-1 Servo GX-24 Desktop Vinyl Cutter, ShopBot CNC milling machine
- electronics design and production by producing circuit boards using a variety of sensors and output devices.
- how to program AVR microcontrollers on the boards they have produced
- molding and casting
- 3D scanning and printing
How It Works
Each Fab Lab that participates in the Fab Academy program is part of a global Fab Lab / Fab Academy network. These Fab Labs are Nodes that offer the Fab Academy program.
Students view and participate in global lectures broadcasted from MIT 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 digital fabrication equipment and personal help with projects. Each Fab Lab will establish the schedule for these Lab days.
The program requires a minimum of 30 hours per week.
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.
The Fab Academy is directed by Neil Gershenfeld, produced by Sherry Lassiter and coordinated by Tomas Diez.
The Fab Academy is a 5 month program offered between January and June every year. The Fab Diploma is awarded to those students who complete all of the Fab Academy Certificates. Each Certificate covers a specific technical topic (see the list below) aimed at vocational and technical training. Both the certificates and the diploma are […]
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