HOW TO MAKE ANYTHING?
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)