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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


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 


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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