Fab Academy Diploma

The Fab Academy teaches the principles and applications of digital fabrication. It was developed to teach hands-on digital fabrication skills in fablabs, which began as an outreach project from MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms and has grown into a global network of more than 2000 fablabs. Fab Academy instruction is based on MIT’s popular rapid-prototyping course, How to Make (almost) Anything, both taught by Prof Neil Gershenfeld, Director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms.


The Fab Academy Diploma is awarded by the Fab Academy community with the support of the Fablab Network. Numerous institutions around the world have accredited the skills developed in the course. You can check the list of institutions here.


The Fab Academy Diploma is earned by progress, rather than the calendar. Students graduate after they have completed a series of certificate requirements. Each student builds a portfolio that documents their mastery of skills individually, and the integration of these skills in a Final Project. This portfolio is reviewed by local instructors at accredited Fab Academy nodes, regional mentors and global evaluators to ensure that each student meets global standards and follows evolving best practices.



Sample of Fab Academy Diploma students’ Final Projects


The Fab Academy Diploma has led to students obtaining employment, investment opportunities, academic admission and recognition. There is growing demand in the job market for digital fabrication experts and fablab managers. What students learn can be applied to any profession requiring rapid prototyping, advanced manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things, or even used for starting a new business.


Fablab Singapore Polytechnic has been offering the Fab Academy Diploma since 2015 and our Fab Academy instructors are also members of the global evaluation team for this prestigious program.


List of topics covered during the Fab Academy Diploma include:

• Principles and Practices
• Project Management
• Computer Aided Design
• Computer Controlled Cutting
• Electronics Production
• 3D Scanning and Printing
• Electronics Design
• Computer Controlled Machining
• Embedded Programming
• Input Devices


• Mechanical Design
• Machine Design
• Molding and Casting
• Output Devices
• Networking and Communications
• Interface and Applications Programming
• Implications of Digital Fabrication
• Invention, Intellectual Property and Income
• Project Development
• Project Presentation


More information about the Fab Academy Diploma program can be found at the global Fab Academy site. For a quick introduction to Fab Academy, please view the following 1-minute video:


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