Your Path to Mastering Rapid Prototyping

Welcome to Fab Academy

Fab Academy is a remarkable digital fabrication program, spearheaded by Neil Gershenfeld from MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms, and deeply rooted in MIT's renowned course, "How to Make (Almost) Anything." Our focus at Fab Academy is on personal fabrication, enabling you to transform your ideas into tangible products.

Welcome to Fab Academy

A Journey of Learning by Doing

About Fab Academy

Our intensive five-month program equips students with the skills to envision, design, and prototype projects using cutting-edge digital fabrication tools and machines. It's a multi-disciplinary, hands-on learning experience that fosters a culture of learning by doing. We empower students to create locally and actively contribute to sustainable cities and communities.

About Fab Academy

Accreditation and Expertise

At the core of Fab Academy is its accreditation, rooted in MIT's rapid prototyping course (MAS.863/4.140/6.943): "How to Make (Almost) Anything." This affiliation ensures that you are learning from the very best.

Benefits of Fab Academy

When you join Fab Academy, you embark on a journey that offers numerous benefits, including:

  • Learning from MIT-accredited instructors.
  • Gaining hands-on experience with state-of-the-art technology.
  • Collaborating with a diverse and dynamic global community.
  • Exploring innovative tools and technologies, including the art of controlling machines through computers.
  • Expanding your horizons in STEM education.
  • Access to ECAE's Fab Lab workshops and advanced digital fabrication equipment.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for Fab Academy, applicants should meet the following criteria:

Age: 18+ years old

  • Availability: Commit to four days a week from January to July.
  • Language Skills: Possess excellent English reading and writing skills.
  • Project Ideas: While not mandatory, having an idea for a graduation project is preferred.
  • Seat Capacity: Please note that we have limited availability with only 15 seats.

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Program Overview


Classes Start: Mid-January 2024

Duration: 6 months

Weekly Commitment: 15-25 hours a week (varies based on prior tech background)

Classes: Daily in-person classes at the ECAE FabLab in Abu Dhabi

Global Class: Weekly virtual class connecting with students worldwide

Final Project: Mid-June 2024

Fab Academy program Structure

Throughout the program, students will delve into a diverse range of topics, each fully documented, contributing to the development of their final project:

👨‍🏫 Principles and Practices
📈 Project Management
🖥️ Computer-Aided Design (CAD)
⚙️ Computer-Controlled Cutting (CNC)
🔌 Electronics Production
📐 3D Scanning and Printing
⚡️ Electronic Design
📏 Computer-Controlled Machining
💻 Embedded Programming
🎭 Molding and Casting
🖱️ Input Devices
📽️ Output Devices
🌐 Interface and Application Programming
📡 Networking and Communications
⚙️ Mechanical Design
⚙️ Machine Design
🎲 Wildcard Week
🔍 Applications and Implications
💡 Invention, Intellectual Property, and Income
👷‍♂️ Project Development

Join us at Fab Academy

Join us at Fab Academy for an incredible learning journey in digital fabrication and take your skills to the next level. Become a master in rapid prototyping and unleash your creative potential!

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