Week 17 Invention, Intellectual Property and Business Models

After acing through the technical assignments of Fab Academy, the last two weeks have a lighter load so we can focus on the final project. But this does not mean...

Week 16 Applications and Implications

Propose a final project masterpiece that integrates the range of units covered, answering:

Week 15 Wildcard Week

This wildcard week is an opportunity for Fab Academy students to explore topics not covered by the curriculum, including soft robotics, biomaterials, textiles and other types of machines. This week...

Week 14 Interface and Application Programming

An interface or application makes it possible to interact with data. This week, we will learn how to design and program these. During the local session on Thursday, our instructor...

Week 13 Networking and Communications

A network should always contain more than two devices that talk with each other. This week, we will learn how to program and distinguish the signals from multiple devices.

Week 12 Output Devices

After electronics design and production, embedded programming and input devices, we move on to output devices this week. Examples of output devices include motors, all kinds of LED systems, displays,...

Week 11 Molding and Casting

The manufacturing method we’re exposed to this week is molding and casting. This is a 7,000-year-old process used for making weaponry, tools, religious objects and artifacts. Nowadays we use this...

Week 10 Input Devices

Input devices are important in many electronics projects. They can measure a variety of things, including environmental parameters, touch, sound and light to name a few.

Week 9 Mechanical and Machine Design

Machine week! This is one of the most interesting weeks during Fab Academy, because it’s the only group project and we combine skills from other weeks, including CAD design, 2D...

Week 8 Embedded Programming

In this week we will learn what embedded programming is. We find out about various languages and programming environments. Then we put the theory in practice and make our board...

Week 7 Computer-Controlled Machining

The goal of this week is to get used to the CNC machine and its workflow.

Week 6 Electronics Design

This week about electronics design will provide a solid foundation for the rest of Fab Academy. We learn to design a PCB ourselves in designated software, then fabricate and test...

Week 5 3D scanning and printing

We further expand our fabrication skills with 3D printing and scanning.

Week 4 Electronics Production

This week we made a circuit board. We learned to work with a small milling machine and to solder the parts of a PCB.

Week 3 Computer-Controlled Cutting

This week is all about Computer-Controlled cutting. We learned to work with a laser cutter and vinyl cutter.

Week 2 Computer-Aided Design

Digital design is a fundamental skill for fabrication. This week, we explore 2D and 3D design tools. In the past, I have worked with many of them before. However, I’m...

Week 1b Principles and Practices

This week we worked on defining our final project idea. This article covers the problem description, Fab Academy project, design process.

Week 1a Project Management.

Project management with git is powerful for documenting progress during Fab Academy. In this article I’m going to show you step-by-step how I set up this Fab Academy website. The...