FAB ACADEMY

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.

Fab Academy offers a distributed rather than distance educational model: students learn in local workgroups, with peers, mentors, and machines, which are then connected globally by content sharing and video for interactive classes. The individual labs are supported and supervised regionally by supernode sites with more advanced capabilities, expertise, and inventories.

The Fab Diploma has led to students obtaining employment, investment, admission, and recognition

STUDENTS WILL LEARN

How to use a Fab Lab’s digital fabrication tools for rapid prototyping

 

Electronics design and production on 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 

COURSE CONTENT

Digital fabrication principles and practices

 

Computer-aided design, manufacturing, and modeling

 

Computer-controlled cutting

 

Electronics design and production

 

Computer-controlled machining

 

Embedded programming

 

3D molding and casting

 

Collaborative technical development and Project management

 

3D scanning and printing

 

Sensors, actuators, and displays

 

Interface and application programming

 

Embedded networking and communications

 

Machine design

 

Digital fabrication applications and implications

Inven on, intellectual property, and business models

Digital fabrication project development

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(formerly the Next Energy Building)

461 Burroughs St.

Lab 1

Detroit, MI 48202

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