Work in 2010

MAKE Blog Fab Academy Series

Fab Academy 1

Part 1: Make a Press-fit Construction Kit

Since October of 2009, a handful of small groups of students have been taking part in an educational experiment called the Fab Academy. The Fab Academy is a distance learning collaborative that’s built on the infrastructure of the Fab Lab network. Labs in Spain, Iceland, Kenya, Amsterdam, India, and Rhode Island participate in Wednesday morning lectures by videoconference…

Read the whole article at the Make Magazine blog.

 

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Part 2: Making and Programming Circuit Boards

Our assignment this time around was to design a circuit board, mill it, and program it in Assembly language. Each student had to become acquainted with the following work flow:

  • Designing the board
  • Machining
  • Stuffing components
  • Programming

Read the whole article at the Make Magazine blog.

 

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Part 3: Molding and Casting

This week’s topic, mold making and casting, came as a welcome change from the previous two-week session (embedded programming), which was creating a bit of anxiety here at the Fab Academy. The materials and processes for molding and casting are easy to learn and yield satisfying results; programming microcontrollers can be satisfying in its own way, but is a more intractable topic to learn in two weeks…

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Part 4: 3D scanning

When working with 3D scanning and printing equipment, it quickly becomes apparent that objects are nowhere near as fungible as MP3s.

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Part 5: Interfacing microcontrollers and applications

It is week 24 of the Fab Academy, and we’re finally getting into integrating the various machining, electronics, and programming skills we’ve been practicing.

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Part 6: Machine Design

One of the most exciting and challenging of the Fab Academy sessions this year was the unit on machine design during which we built a functional milling machine that was capable of replacing the $4,000 machine typically used in the lab.

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Part 7: Final Projects

It was pretty amazing to be part of the first year of this experiment. Technologies and processes that seemed daunting at the outset now feel very familiar…

Read Part 7

 
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