Fab Academy

Fab Academy is a six-month Digital Fabrication Program directed by Neil Gershenfeld of MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms with an unique, hands-on curriculum. Since 2014 Happylab is part of the international Fab Academy network.

Learn How to Make (Almost) Anything

Learn How to Make (Almost) Anything

Fab Academy began as an outreach project from MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms directed by Neil Gershenfeld and is based on MIT's rapid prototyping course "MAS 863: How to Make (Almost) Anything". In the meantime Fab Labs in more than 20 countries worldwide are part of the international Fab Academy network - among them Happylab. Due to its unique curriculum and the expertise of international professionals Fab Academy provides hands-on experiences in the field of digital fabrication. Fab Academy students learn how to turn codes into things and how to realize their own ideas with the digital fabrication tools in their local Fab Lab.

Contents & Approach

Fab Academy is a six-month training program that takes place annually from January to June in more than 20 Fab Labs worldwide. Each lab that participates in the Fab Academy program is part of a global Fab Academy network. The local branches of the Fab Academy work with other participating Fab Labs and experts from around the wold via a distributed educational model where we pool our knowledge to provide a unique educational experience. We view and participate in global lectures broadcast from MIT on Wednesdays at 9 am – 12 pm EST. (Vienna Timezone 3 pm – 6:00 pm). The lectures are recorded and available to students throughout the semester. In addition, Fab Academy students have unlimited access to the digital fabrication machines at Happylab and are supported by their tutor.

Fab Academy students learn how to use the following rapid prototyping techniques:

  • Lasercutter, Vinylplotter, CNC-Fräse, 3D-Drucker, 3D-Scanner
  • Electronics design and production by producing circuit boards using a variety of sensors and output devices.
  • how to program AVR microcontrollers on the boards they have produced
  • how to program computer applications to interface with the circuit boards.
  • Molding and casting.

The Fab Academy is a fast paced, hands-on learning experience where students plan and execute a new project each week. Each individual documents their progress for each project, resulting in a personal portfolio of technical accomplishments. The Fab Diploma is the result of the sum of Fab Academy Certificates. Progress towards the diploma is evaluated by a student’s acquired skills rather than time or credits.


Fab Academy 2015 will take place from January 21 to June 3, 2015. Register by Novembter 20, 2014 here.

Curriculum 2015

Fab Academy Student Projects 2014

How to apply

If you're interestend in participating at Fab Academy 2015, please send an e-mail to info@happylab.at!


The costs for the six-month Fab Academy are 5.000 USD (3.900 €) and include all course materials, weekly lectures, personal support of tutors at Happylab and 24/7 access to Happylab for one year.