The Fab Academy is a six month long digital fabrication program directed by Neil Gershenfeld, and based on his rapid prototyping course How to Make (Almost) Anything. The Fab Academy started as an MIT outreach program, and has been implemented at Fab Labs all over, including the Providence Fab Lab:
For the past two years AS220 Labs has collaborated with MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms in offering the Providence Fab Academy. Our lab in Providence, RI is part of a global Fab Lab / Fab Academy network. The Providence branch of the Fab Academy works with other participating Fab Labs and experts from around the wold via a distributed educational model where we pool our knowledge to provide a unique educational experience.
Students will learn to use the following tools: Epilog Mini Laser Cutter, Roland MDX-20 Milling Machine, and the Roland CAMM-1 Servo GX-24 Desktop Vinyl Cutter, MakerBot 3D printer and a ShopBot CNC router.
The Providence, RI branch of the Fab Academy is now accepting applications for the 2012 session taking place from January 2 2010 – June 30, 2012. The deadline for applications is December 10th. However, applications will be processed as they are submitted and class size is limited.