Fab Academy 2019

How to make almost anything

Welcome to my Fab Academy homepage, which should document my experiences and improvements during the six months. I hope you will find inspiration and will be able to experience my ups and downs. Besides, I would like to show you how exciting the concept of the Fab Academy is and how much is possible to create with small resources and tools nowadays. For me personally, the Fab Academy means that I get the opportunity to develop my skills. This compact, intensive and practical orientated learning course, which includes weekly changing tasks, fits perfect to achieve my personal goals.

The Fab Academy is an international program, originated by a lecture in 1998 called “How to make (almost) anything” at MIT by Neil Gershenfeld. It is an international distributed learning program with additional local support. I have the opportunity to participate in the Fab Academy in a local group at the Ruhr West University of Applied Sciences in Bottrop. Further information about the FabLab can be found here (FabLab HRW).

About me

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My name is Patrick Jaruschowitz, I am from Germany (Bochum) and I work as a research associate at the Fraunhofer Institute for environmental, safety and energy technology UMSICHT in Oberhausen. I'm doing my Ph.D. about 3D printing, there I investigate the influence on value creation. Previously I studied mechanical engineering with a specializing in micro engineering at the Ruhr University in Bochum. I am also part of the FabLab DEZENTRALE in Dortmund. I do the Fab Academy in addition to my full-time job and see it as a perfect further education. Here I see a lot of potential for me in further education in the field of electrical engineering and manufacturing.

Special thanks to

A heartfelt thanks goes to following people: My instructors, who spend their time, my mentor and my superiors, who give me the opportunity to attend the program. A special thanks goes to my girlfriend: Thank you - without your support and help I would not have even managed the first week ; )

Become a part

My wonderful FabLab DEZENTRALE in Dortmund (Germany). Feel free to visit us!

The FabLab HRW in Bottrop (Germany), where I participate in the Fab Academy.

Our annual festival in Dortmund (Germany) - Innovative Citizen. Make, fab, repair, cycle, farm, party.

Get an overview

Week 01 | Principles and Practices

Week 02 | Project Management

Week 03 | Computer-Aided Design

Week 04 | Computer Controlled Cutting

Week 05 | Electronics Production

Week 06 | 3D Scanning and Printing

Week 07 | Electronics Design