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Fab Academy

The Fab Academy teaches principles and applications of digital fabrication

Fab Academy is the largest digital fabrication campus in the world, which uses a distributed model of education to support students to make (almost) anything. The Fab Academy started in 2009 and has been doing courses every year since.

Fab Academy is the largest digital fabrication campus in the   world, which uses a distributed model of education to support students to make (almost) anything. The Fab Academy started in 2009 and has been doing courses every year since.

The Fab Academy spread the principles, applications and possibilities of digital fabrication and is based on MIT’s popular rapid-prototyping course How To Make (almost) Anything taught by Prof. Neil Gershenfeld.

The Fab Academy students are globally connected, enabling the collaboration between them, increasing the possibilities and outcomes of the program.

Fab Academy promotes collaboration, as a fundamental value: students learn and work in local groups, with peers, mentors, and machines, that are globally connected by content sharing and video conferences for interactive classes worldwide.

The individual labs are supported and supervised regionally by expert nodes with more advanced capabilities, expertise, and inventories.

The Fab Academy brings digital fabrication closer to people from different backgrounds around the world. Based on collaboration as a fundamental value, Fab Academy has allowed and supported the development of all types of projects, some with technical aspirations and others with a clear impact on our societies.

The course  started in 2010 with 12  Fab Labs and 30 students, in 2017 there were 73 Fab Labs with a total of 285 students learning at the Fab Academy around the world. This numbers show the exponential growth of the network and the success of the program.

Fab Academy will continue sharing and disseminating this knowledge to more and more people around the world, and support the projects developed of the students through complementary programs, such as Fab Academy X, Bio Academy, Fabricademy and Fab Academy Thesis, all part of a platform called Academany, aiming ultimately to spread high level education in a distributed way.

Website: http://fabacademy.org

Twitter: @fabacademy

Case study date: July 2018

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