LEARN TO TURN CODES INTO THINGS
Just as communications and computation went from analog to digital, resulting in PCs and the Internet, the digitization of fabrication is leading to personal fabricators that will allow anyone to make almost anything, anywhere. The development of digital fabrication is based on creating codes that don’t just describe things, they are things, much as proteins are coded in molecular biology. This research roadmap is ultimately aiming at a Star Trek-style replicator, but prototype versions of these capabilities are already available in field fab labs.
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.
The Fab Academy Diploma consists of a 5 month part-time student commitment, from January to June. The Fab Diploma is the result of the sum of Fab Academy Certificates. Progress towards the diploma is evaluated by a student’s acquired skills rather than time or credits.
The Fab Academy is a fast paced, hands-on learning experience where students plan and execute a new project each week. Each individual documents their progress for each project, resulting in a personal portfolio of technical accomplishments.
Students at the Fab Academy learn:
how to use a Fab Lab’s digital fabrication tools for rapid prototyping
Epilog Mini Lasercutter
Roland MDX-20 Milling Machine
Roland CAMM-1 Servo GX-24 Desktop Vinyl Cutter
electronics design and production 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
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.
A minimum knowledge of the following tools and processes is required:
2D and 3D modeling
Web design and development
If you rate your proficiency in them between Low and Medium, the course should be considered a full-time dedication program. If you rate your proficiency between High and Expert, you can consider the program to be part-time.
Aldo is an architect and researcher. After studding architecture in Italy, in 2013 he continued his studies with a Master in Advanced Architecture at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) and in 2014 he obtained the Fab Academy Diploma from MIT in at the Fab Lab Barcelona.
Since 2011, Aldo has been the founder and director of Noumena. Meanwhile, since 2013 Aldo is the director and coordinator of RESHAPE – digital craft community.
As an expert in computational design and digital fabrication, Aldo applies his knowledge as a tutor in international events and since 2015 he is a teacher of digital tools in IAAC.
Aldo is also the co-founder of Fab Lab Frosinone where in 2015 was the main instructor of Fab Academy.
Woma: Our aim is to connect ideas and materials through collaboration.
Out with that old clichéd notion of separating white collar and gray matter from blue collar and manual labor!
Here, there will be no starched collars – we’ll all hike up our sleeves to work and create together.
Volumes: Volumes a pour ambition d’offrir un cadre de travail productif, convivial et stimulant, une vision de l’avenir inspirée où la créativité et l’ouverture d’esprit permettraient d’effacer les barrières élevées entre les différentes disciplines.
Fab Academy Diploma: 5,000 (USD/€) (currency to be determined by local lab)*
*Fab Academy Europe will charge tuition fees in Euros.Tuition fees are variable according to local fab labs. Some labs might apply local currencies, and in Europe some labs apply 1:1 conversion in €.