Fab Academy

Continuing Study Programs - Madrid

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The Fab Academy teaches principles and applications of digital fabrication. It was developed to teach hands-on skills in fab labs, which began as an outreach project from MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms, and has grown into a global network of more than 500 labs. 

Fab Academy instruction is based on MIT’s popular rapid-prototyping course How To Make (almost) Anything, both taught by Prof. Neil Gershenfeld.


Fab Academy offers a distributed rather than distance educational model: students learn in local workgroups, with peers, mentors, and machines, which are then connected globally by content sharing and video for interactive classes. The individual labs are supported and supervised regionally by supernode sites with more advanced capabilities, expertise, and inventories.

  • Credits
  • Start date
    February 2020
  • Duration
    6 months
  • Attendance
  • Language


1  Digital fabrication principles and practices – 1 week
2  Computer-aided design, manufacturing, and modeling – 1 week
3  Computer-controlled cutting – 1 week
4  Electronics design and production 2 weeks
5  Computer-controlled machining – 1 week
6  Embedded programming – 1 week
7  3D molding and casting – 1 week
8  Collaborative technical development and project management – 1 week
9  3D scanning and printing – 1 week
10 Sensors, actuators, and displays 2 weeks
11 Interface and application programming 1 week
12 Embedded networking and communications – 1 week
13 Machine design – 2 weeks
14 Digital fabrication applications and implications – 1 week
15 Invention, intellectual property, and business models – 1 week
16 Digital fabrication project development 2 weeks