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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 accredited by the Fab Academy.
Fab Academy Certificates provide familiarity with technical options and capabilities, hands-on experience, and direction for further study. Each Certificate typically requires 1-2 weeks. 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.
Diploma / Individual Fab Academy Certificates:
- digital fabrication principles and practices – 1 week
- computer-aided design, manufacturing, and modeling – 1 week
- computer-controlled cutting – 1 week
- electronics design and production – 2 weeks
- computer-controlled machining – 1 week
- embedded programming – 1 week
- 3D molding and casting – 1 week
- collaborative technical development and project management – 1 week
- 3D scanning and printing – 1 week
- sensors, actuators, and displays – 2 weeks
- interface and application programming – 1 week
- embedded networking and communications – 1 week
- machine design – 2 weeks
- digital fabrication applications and implications – 1 week
- invention, intellectual property, and business models – 1 week
- digital fabrication project development – 2 weeks
Check the Fab Academy content archive for more information: http://academy.cba.mit.edu