2021 Global Fab Academy Enrollment|全球数制学术课程报名正式启动!

5-month program January to June 2020

info: saveriosilli@tongji.edu.cn

College of Design & Innovation
Tongji University

Fablab O Shanghai in the College of Design and Innovation of Tongji University with MIT Center for Bits and Atoms and Fab Foundation, will be a node in the 2021 Fab Academy course.

The Fab Academy Diploma is a 5-month part-time learning experience where students plan and execute a new project each week.  Fab Academy is open to anyone, without regards to previous experience or background: each student will learn how to envision, prototype and document ideas through many hours of hands-on experience with digital fabrication tools.

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

Fab Academy is a distributed educational model providing a unique educational experience. Each Fab Lab that participates in the Fab Academy program is part of the global Fab Lab network. Students view and actively participate in global lectures broadcasted every Wednesdays. The lectures are recorded and available to students throughout the semester. In addition to the lectures, there are 2/3 lab days each week where students have access to the digital fabrication equipment and personal help with projects. Fab Academy faculty, who are leaders in their respective fields, provide global video lectures, supervise academic content, and guide research. Hands-on instruction in the labs is provided by instructors who supervise and evaluate Certificates, develop and disseminate instructional material, and assist with projects.

The Fab Academy Program is directed by Neil Gershenfeld, director of the Center for Bits and Atoms at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and globally coordinated by Fab Lab Barcelona team.

The local instructor will be Fablab O Shanghai’s Vice Director Saverio Silli, Fab Guru, Fab Academy Global Evaluator and one of the  supervisor of the Asia Network, with over 15 years of experience in digital fabrication.


Students of Fab Academy comes from various backgrounds: engineering, design or architecture, as well as biology, art, music, economics, management. No previous knowledge is required and every week a new subject will be introduced with a bottom-up approach.


The program will run for 19 weeks with a new subject introduced every wednesday: how to design for and use all the tools in the Fablab such as the laser cutter, the 3D printer and CNC machine; design, fabricate and program electronic devices, sensors, internet of the things (IoT) devices; make wearable objects, master techniques such as molding and casting and composites, create wooden furnitures and be able to document your work with an online portfolio learning how to code your own website with HTML and CSS.

•计算机辅助设计 / Computer aided design
•电脑控制切割 / Computer controlled cutting
•电子产品生产 / Electronics production
•3D扫描和打印 / 3D Scanning and printing
•电子设计 / Electronics design
•计算机控制加工 / Computer controlled machining
•嵌入式编程 / Embedded programming
•机械设计 / Mechanical design
•机器设计 / Machine design
•输入设备 / Input Devices
•成型和铸造 / Molding and Casting
•输出设备 / Output devices
•复合材料 / Composites
•网络和通信 / Networking and communications
•接口和应用程序编程 / Interface and application programming
•数字制造的应用和影响 / Applications and implications of digital fabrication
•发明,知识产权和收入 / Invention, intellectual property and income
•项目发展 / Project development


Fab Academy is internationally reknown to be the most complete course on digital fabrication, based on the popular “How to make almost anything” class from the MIT. You will experience how to work and think the Fablab way going from “I don’t know how to do it, so I will not do it” to “I don’t know how to do it, but I will find a way”.


Wednesday – ONLINE: 22:00 – 1:00 (Jan.-Mar.) / 21:00-00:00 (Mar.-Jun.)Thursday – OFFLINE: Afternoon (subject to adjustments)


No.281 Fuxin Road, Yangpu, Shanghai / Tongji University College of Design & InnovationTIME/Late January to early June 2021CONTACT/Saverio Silli Wechat: saveriosilli Email: saveriosilli@tongji.edu.cn

它是怎样开始的呢? How did it start?

FAB ACADEMY是为了在Fab lab讲授动手能力而开发的,该实验室最初是麻省理工学院比特和原子中心的一个外展项目,现已发展成为一个全球超过2000个实验室的网络。Fab学院的教学是基于麻省理工学院的流行快速成型课程,如何制作(几乎)任何东西而开始的,这是由Neil Gershenfeld教授讲授的课程。

Fab Academy 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 2000 labs. Fab Academy instruction is based on MIT’s popular rapid-prototyping course How To Make (almost) Anything, both taught by Prof. Neil Gershenfeld

它是如何工作的呢? How does it work?

•The program takes place from mid January to late June.
•每周,教授尼尔·格申菲尔德(Neil Gershenfeld)都会就话题进行全球性的演讲。
•Every week, prof. Neil Gershenfeld holds a global lecture on a different topic.
•Instructors in local labs provide hands-on activities on the topic, and offer their practical knowledge to  help students develop the week’s assignment.
•Students work on the assignment using lab materials, equipment and machines, immediately applying all the concepts covered in the global and local classes. All the materials are included in the tuition fees.
•学生在Fab Academy档案馆的个人博客中记录他们的进度。
•Students document their progress in a personal blog hosted in the Fab Academy Archive.
•In parallel to the weekly assignments, students work on a personal final project which will integrate mastery of all the skills learned during the course.
•完成所有单元和最终项目任务的学生将通过全球评估流程,获得Fab Academy文凭。
•Students who complete all modules and final project go through a global evaluation process that leads to the Fab Academy Diploma.

我会学习使用什么机器?What machines will I learn to use?

•A computer-controlled laser cutter, for press-fit assembly of 3D structures from 2D parts.
•A large numerically-controlled milling machine, for making furniture (and larger) sized parts.•一个塑料切割机,用于生产印刷口罩,柔性电路和天线。
•A vinyl cutter, to produce printing masks, flexible circuits, and antennas.•台式精密铣床(微米分辨率),用于制造三维模具和表面贴装电路板。
•A desktop sized precision (micron resolution) milling machine to make three-dimensional molds and surface-mount circuit boards.
•A 3D Scanner and a 3D Printer

需要多少时间?How much time does it take?


The time commitment is about 16+ hours a week at minimum, but could be far greater if the student is highly motivated, does not possess the background for a particular unit (or units) or just wants to really throw themselves into the program.

是否有认证? Is there any accreditation?

在圆满完成“数字制作原理与应用”课程的学习后,由全球分布式评估委员会颁发“Fab Academy”文凭。个别证书也将发给成功完成个人主题的学生。

The Fab Academy Diploma will be issued by a distributed Global Evaluation Committee after satisfactorily completing the course of study in the Principles and Applications of Digital Fabrication. Individual certificates will also be issued for students successfully completing individual topics.

Fab lab会帮我找到一份工作吗?Will Fab Academy help me find a job?


Many Fab Academy graduates improved their career opportunities after taking the program. There’s high demand in the job market for talented digital fabrication experts and fab lab managers, but the knowledge offered by the course can be applied to any profession requiring rapid prototyping. Many graduates also started their own businesses offering locally produced design objects, toys, training services and consulting.

中国“数制”工坊将为顺利完成学业并毕业的学生提供丰厚奖学金,和提供在不同城市的“数制”工坊实验室里的工作机会。FABO will provide scholarship after students graduated from global classes with job offers in various locations of FABO schools and institutes.

招生对象Target of enrollment 

应届毕业生、在职大学生,想要改变自己的职业道路、探索数字制造带来的新可能性的在职人员,优秀毕业者将有机会推荐到我们参与合建的实验室工作:Graduates, college students, careers who want to change their careers and explore new possibilities in digital manufacturing, outstanding graduates will have the opportunity to refer to our labs involved in co-founding: 

上海科技大学fablab实验室 / Fablab of Shanghai Tech University

 同济黄浦设计创意中学 / Tongji Huangpu Design Creative Middle School 

 苏州领科海外教育学校 / Ulink College of Suzhou Industrial Park 

毕业生作品展示Graduates’ Works 

Shreyas Tiwari  Rubik’s Cube Solver 

Shreyas is the youngest student ever to join Fab Academy in China. As a 16 years old high school student he decided to join the course to pursue the dream of applying for MIT in USA. He was confronted with many challenges and his final project, a super-fast automatic Rubik’s cube solver, shows mastery in skills like fabrication, mechanical and electronic circuit design and algorithm programming.
— Instructor Saverio

Throughout this course, I learnt a diverse range of skills, but the assignment I enjoyed the most was from the Molding and Casting week. I worked with a one-part mold and bismuth metal casting to create a collar tag for my dog. I was able to design a customized nameplate in the shape of an Alsatian’s mane, and further included an interesting abstract drawing at the center of the piece, as well as his name embossed onto the surface. I am happy that I was able to implement the skills I acquired from this course to produce something from which I, and my dog, gained utility in everyday life.
— Student Shreyas 

Smart Paw  Nancy Wu 

It was a transformation journey ! Fab Academy provides a chance for me to understand different technologies of all products in our daily life. 2020 is a tough year for all Fablabs, I am happy I finally graduated, and become very confident to learn anything new with the learning skills taught by Fab Academy. Learn “How to make {almost) anything” with global Fablabers,  in the end you will know how to solve almost any problems, if you fail, it’s OK, try agin, “almost” there!

这是一段蜕变的旅程!Fab Academy 给让我开始理解生活中各种产品背后的原理技术。2020年因为疫情对于全世界各地的Fablabs是艰难的一年,我很开心竟然真的毕业了,Fab Academy都能毕业?从中学到的学习方法可以迁移到任何新知识上,我对学习新东西更有信心了。跟全世界的Fablab同学一起学“如何(几乎)制造万物”,你会学到“如何解决几乎任何问题”的思路,如果失败了?没关系,再试一下,快(almost)成功了。

No.281 Fuxin Road, Yangpu, ShanghaiTongji University College of Design & Innovation

Tuition Fees
Fab Academy文凭费用为6000美元。
Fab Academy Diploma costs 6000 USD.

费用包含内容Included in the costs:
•所有基本课程资料•All the basic course materials
•Fab Academy档案库中的个人空间,可以终身使用和维护
•Personal space in Fab Academy Archive with lifetime access and maintenance
•实时访问Fab Academy视频会议系统(MCU)和教职员工
•Live access to the Fab Academy Video Conferencing system (MCU) and faculty
•Access to all recorded lectures and reviews
•Use of the lab equipment and facilities
•Free access to the Annual FAB conference and diploma award ceremony (graduated students only)
•Free software licenses for selected Autodesk and Solidworks software packages during the course
•终身成为Fab Academy校友组的成员
•Lifetime membership to the Fab Academy Alumni group

Saverio Silli / Wechat: saveriosilli 
Email: saveriosilli@tongji.edu.cn

Application Form

Deadline for submission of application is January 8th, 2021
Please note that the program will run only if the minimum number of students is reached. Applying students will be informed in advance if the number is not reached.