AS220 Labs, MIT to offer Fab Academy

Posted 11/28/12

PROVIDENCE – For the fourth consecutive year, AS220 Labs is collaborating with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to offer the Providence Fab Academy – an “MIT class at a Providence price.”

The Providence Fab Lab is part of a global network, which works with other participating Fab Labs and experts from around the world using a distributed educational model in order to pool knowledge resources and provide a unique educational experience to participants.

The Fab Academy is a Digital Fabrication Program directed by MIT’s Neil Gershenfeld of the Center for Bits and Atoms and is based on the college’s rapid prototypic course MAS 863: How to Make (Almost) Anything.

According to an AS220 release, the program provides advanced digital fabrication instruction for students using a unique, hands-on curriculum and access to tools and resources.

“At the Fab Academy, you will learn how to envision, prototype, and document your ideas through hands-on experience with digital fabrication tools,” said the release. “We take a variety of code formats and turn them into physical objects.”

Participating students will learn to use: Epilog Mini Laser Cutters, Roland MDX-20 Milling Machines, the Roland CAMM-1 Servo GX-24 DestopVinyl Cutter, MakerBot 3D printers and a ShopBot CNC router.

Topics covered in the course include: digital fabrication principles and practices, computer-controlled cutting, electronics design and production, embedded programming, 3D scanning and printing, mold making, casting and composites.

Deadline for 2013 applications is Nov. 30. Classes meet at AS220 Labs in Providence from Jan. 9 through May 29, 2013/

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