The role of Fab Academy is to initiate, mentor and technically train new students for participation and leadership in the global Fab Lab Network community. It’s also a great way to gain exposure to a wide variety of digital fabrication, electronics, molding and casting and composites practices and build skills in a short amount of time. The program is by Neil Gershenfeld of MIT’s Center For Bits and Atoms and based on MIT’s rapid prototyping course, MAS 863: How to Make (Almost) Anything.



How does it work?

  • The program takes starts on January 25 and ends in late June
  • 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 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.
  • 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
  • Students who complete all modules and final project go through a global evaluation process that leads to the Fab Academy Diploma


What do I learn?


See the full class shedule of 2016 here

See the full class shedule of 2017 here



How much does it cost? 


The total cost at fablab erfindergarden is 5000 $ which is 4750 €.


The local part of the tuition ($2,500/2375 €) is divided into four parts:

  • 25% ($625/641,24€) is for direct student expenses. Consumables and materials for projects.
  • 25% ($625/641,24€) is for facilities. Purchasing machines and running costs for space.
  • 25% ($625/) is for operations. This includes running the class, placing orders, scheduling meetings, tracking students.
  • 25% ($625) is for instruction. Individual technical guidance.

The global part of the tuition ($2,500) is also divided into four parts:

  • 25% ($625) is for the faculty. This covers preparing and delivering the lectures, running global reviews, and developing curriculum.
  • 25% ($625) is for operations. This includes the regional supervision, and direct support for the class such as recording its videos.
  • 25% ($625) is for administration. This is for common costs across classes, including managing finances, running logistics, keeping records, and supporting servers.
  • 25% ($625) is for student support. This covers the review and accreditation of student work, registration for graduation at the FABx events, and contributions towards scholarships.

How do I pay?

Global Part (–> 2375€)

The global part of the tuition is due and has to be payed to IAAC which runs the Fablab Barcelona and coordinates the Fabacademy payments.

Name of organizacion:  IAAC (Institud d’Arquitectura Avançada de Catalunya)
Address: C/ Pujades nº102 08005 Barcelona
Account: 0049 6784 31 2716153842
Name of the bank: BANCO SANTANDER S.A.
Address bank: Av. Via agusta nº182, 08021, Barcelona
IBAN: ES8800496784312716153842

Make sure that bank transferring SUBJECT is your personal name, and not the person who orders the transfer. Also make sure to select the SWITF instructions code “OUR” when ordering the bank transfer. This means that you have to pay the transfer charges.

Via PayPal
The amount + 3,4% (PayPal transfers costs)

Local Part (–> 2375€)

We can work out a payment shedule of 400 € per month. Starting in January 25th. 6 x 400 €.

Please send an email to 

Does there exist scholorships?

We can over a discount if you agree on doing workshop at fablab erfindergarden that will generate some income for the lab.  Send us an email to

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