What is Fab Academy?

The Fab Academy edition of 2018 will start at the end of January 2018. Fablab Bhutan will be one of the nodes in the Fablab network offering the course. All information about the academy can be found at http://fabacademy.org. Registrations for this edition will start September 2017.

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. It 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.


There is no global accreditation for these skills. Instead, each student builds a portfolio that documents their mastery of them individually, and their integration. These are reviewed by their local instructors, regional gurus, and then centrally to ensure that each student meets global standards and follows evolving best practices. The Fab Diploma is earned by progress rather than the calendar, for successful completion of a series of certificate requirements. The instructional sequence requires six months to cover, and the time to finish has ranged from that up to a few years.

The Fab Diploma is awarded by the Fab Academy. It has no institutional connection with MIT (and none should be claimed), but a number of the participating sites offer it overlaid with their local accreditation. It recognizes readiness to work in, and establish, a Fab Lab. The Fab Diploma has led to students obtaining employment, investment, admission, and recognition.

Diploma / Individual Fab Academy Certificates

  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

Applications now open for the next Fab Academy Diploma

Register for Fab Academy 2018 Send us you name,email & contact No. at  office@fablab.bt

Application period: October 6th, 2014 – November 20th, 2014
Application revisions: November 21st, 2017 – November 31st, 2017
Application notification: December 1st, 2017 – December 10th, 2017
Classes begans: January 2018