The Fab Academy teaches principles and applications of digital fabrication.

It was developed to teach hands-on skills in fab labs which began as an outreach project from MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms and has grown into a global network of more than 500 labs. Fab Academy instruction is based on MIT’s popular rapid-prototyping course How To Make (almost) Anything, both taught by Prof. Neil Gershenfeld.

What will you master within 5 months?

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

How It Works

Fab Academy is a distributed educational model providing a unique educational experience.

Each Fab Lab that participates in the Fab Academy program (see list here) 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 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.

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.

Class Schedule 2019


The up-to-date calendar is published in the Fab Academy Archive

Clases start in mid-January and finish in early-June, followed by the Final Presentation rounds and the Global Evaluation, typically finishing in mid-July.

Global lectures happen every Wednesdays at 9:00 on the US East Coast (ranging from 6:00 on the West Coast to 23:00 in Japan).

Recitations happen on Mondays at the same hour.

Regional Reviews will be organized by Mentors, in local time-zones.

The Global Evaluation calendar TBA.

Fab Academy Graduation Ceremony 2019 will take place @Fab15 Event, in El Cairo + El Gouna, Egypt (TBA)

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