The Fab Academy is a Digital Fabrication Program directed by Neil Gershenfeld of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms and based on MIT’s rapid prototyping course, MAS 863: How to Make (Almost) Anything. The Fab Academy began as an outreach project from the CBA, and has since spread to Fab Labs around the world. The program provides advanced digital fabrication instruction for students through an unique, hands-on curriculum and access to technological tools and resources.
At the Fab Academy, you will learn how to envision, prototype and document your ideas through many hours of hands-on experience with digital fabrication tools. We take a variety of code formats and turn them into physical objects. Students will learn to use the following tools: Epilog Mini Laser Cutter, Roland MDX-20 Milling Machine, the Roland CAMM-1 Servo GX-24 Desktop Vinyl Cutter, several MakerBot 3D printers and a ShopBot CNC router. The topics covered in this course include: digital fabrication principles and practices, computer-controlled cutting, electronics design and production, embedded programming, 3D scanning and printing, mold making, casting and composites.