Fab Academy 2018

Fab Academy 2018

Learn how to make almost anything

During five months, you will learn how to envision, prototype and document your ideas through many hours of hands-on experience with digital fabrication tools in a program conducted by Neil Gershenfeld director MIT’s Center For Bits and Atoms.

Once you have read all the information, if you would like to participate in Fab Academy press the Apply button. Deadline is 25th December 2017. Price is 7000$. 

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WHAT IS FABACADEMY?

The Fab Academy Diploma is a 5-month part-time learning experience where you plan and execute a new project each week. In that way, you will learn how to envision prototype and document your ideas through many hours of hands-on experience with digital fabrication tools, including electronics fabrication, 2D and 3D modelling, embedded programming and utilization of machines. The Academia is directed by Neil Gershenfeld director MIT’s Center For Bits and Atoms with the local support of Fab Lab Oulu instructors.

HOW FABACADEMY WORKS?

Fab Academy is a distributed educational model providing a unique educational experience. Each Fab Lab that participates in the Fab Academy program is part of a global Fab Lab network. These Fab Labs are nodes that offer the Fab Academy.

You will participate in a global lecture broadcasted once per week. During the lecture, you or other students present your weekly work and Prof. Neil Gershenfeld presents basic principles for the weekly projects. During the week you must complete a small project related to a specific digital fabricaction field. You will count with the support of Fab Lab Oulu instructors. In addition, Fab Academy faculty, who are leaders in their respective field, provide global video lectures, supervise academic content and guide research.

Every Week Fab Academy focuses on a different topic, giving a global view of everything related to digital fabrication:

  • Principles and practices of digital fabrication
  • Project management
  • Computer aided design
  • Computer controlled cutting
  • Electronics production
  • 3D Scanning and printing
  • Electronics design
  • Computer controlled machining
  • Embedded programming
  • Mechanical design
  • Machine design
  • Input Devices
  • Molding and Casting
  • Output devices
  • Composites
  • Networking and communications
  • Interface and application programming
  • Applications and implications of digital fabrication
  • Invention, intellectual property and income
  • Project development
  • Project presentation

To complete Fab Academy you must present a final project in which you should show your acquired skills and the capacity of integrating different topics in the same project.

WHERE CAN I DO FABACADEMY?

For third year in a row, you can do Fab Academy in Fab Lab Oulu. Fab Lab Oulu, located inside University of Oulu premises, is the second Fab Lab founded in Finland and one of the most active ones in nordic countries. It counts with a highly educated staff (among them 5 Fab Academy graduated and 3 doctors). Fab Lab Oulu has succeeded in educating 8 Fab Academy students in the two previuos years. Its premises host a wide set of machines enabling digital fabrication (a stack of 3D printers, laser cutter, precision milling machine, vinyl cutters, reflow oven, big milling machine for furniture, multiple electronic stations, …).

WHEN DOES FABACADEMY START/ENDS? WHAT IS ITS SCHEDULE?

Fab Academy starts mid January 2018 and ends late June 2018. Fab Academy organizes the following events weekly that can be followed from Fab Lab:

  • Mondays: Recitation (voluntary). Global experts will give a talk to dig deeply in some of the topics.
  • Tuesdays: Local review(voluntary). You can discuss your weekly tasks with a Fab Academy Gurú and other students from nordic countries.
  • Wednesdays: Class (mandatory). Neil Gershenfeld will review work of the previous week and provide basic principles and guidelines to complete following week's task.

The estimated amount of time that a student should dedicate each week depends a lot on student's background. In average students should reserve around 30 35 hours per week to complete the tasks.

WHY SHOULD I DO FABACADEMY

The movement of makers, fablabs or hackerspace, thanks to its exponential growth in recent years, is currently creating a radically new digital economy. It is a new digital revolution that will open totally new business opportunities.

Many Fab Academy graduates improved their career opportunities after taking the program. There's high demand in the job market for talented digital fabrication experts and fab lab managers, but the knowledge offered by the course can be applied to any profession requiring rapid prototyping. Many graduates also started their own businesses offering locally produced design objects, toys, training services and consulting.

After finishing Fab Academy you will get: 

  • The Fab Academy Diploma will be issued by a distributed Global Evaluation Committee after satisfactorily completing the course of study in the Principles and Applications of Digital Fabrication.
  • Each student documents their progress for each weekly project, resulting a personal portfolio of technical complishments that can be used to present their skills to possible employers.
  • If you are a University student Fab Academy entitles you to 15 to 20 ECTS
  • In addition, and perhaps one the most important aspects, students will be part of the Fab Lab community. They will create an international network of contacts who are experts digital fabrication.

PRICE AND APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Fab Academy fee for Fab Lab Oulu is 7000 USD (~5950€). Some faculties of the University of Oulu offer scholarships that might cover totally or partially the inscription fee. Please, consult Fab Lab staff for more information.

You can apply through the Fab Academy Students' application form. It is important to note that filling the form does not imply an acceptation in the program. Each Fab Lab has the final decision on the students they take. If you are finally selected, Fab Academy will contact you and give more detailed instructions. You should send your application by 25th December 2017.

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Alumni

All instructors have graduated in Fab Academy. You can search their portfolios in our Fab Lab Oulu website. In addition you can see the final project video from Our vimeo account

More info

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You can also check Fab Academy website.

In addition you can have a look to the information event that we organized @fablaboulu 20.11.2017: https://connect.funet.fi/p6mwwalc309/

Last updated: 21.11.2017