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How to Make (Almost) Anything

Hi! I am Gustavo Abreu. A Maker, Network Specialist, Fab Academy student and Co-founder of FAZ Makerspace.

My background

Born in Belo Horizonte - Brazil. Since my childhood, I liked to tear toys apart to make new ones, understand how things work, ask a lot of why’s and learn something new every day!

I started working with telecommunications and built a career out of it. Earning certifications and climbing the ladder up to giving consultancy to large scale operations. But it wasn’t enough. This pursuit of knowledge and lack of fear from the unknown led me into bicycle touring Brazil. Where I did multiple volunteering jobs related to permaculture, bio-construction, and sustainability. Later I began working on one of the firsts and few private, open to the public Makerspaces in Brazil. Which turns out to be a huge challenge, but still extremely rewarding.

All of this brought me here to the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, where I’m taking this course and proudly doing an internship at the Valldaura Self-sufficient Lab.

What is Fab Academy?

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 1200 labs. Fab Academy instruction is based on MIT’s popular rapid-prototyping course How To Make (almost) Anything, both taught by Prof. Neil Gershenfeld.