Thiruvananthapuram: FabLab Kerala, promoted by Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM), has invited applications for Fab Academy Diploma courses on principles and applications of digital fabrication. Graduates and Postgraduates can apply for the course, scheduled to be held from January to June 2018. KSUM will give scholarships to selected students.
The six-month diploma is designed to teach hands-on skills in Fab Labs, which began as an outreach project of US-based MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms, and has since then grown into a global network of more than 500 labs.
Fab Academy’s syllabus is based on MIT’s popular rapid-prototyping course ‘How to Make (almost) Anything’, taught by Prof. Neil Gershenfeld.
For its 2018 programme, Fab Academy will host 10 students each in its Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram labs. The classes will begin from January third week onwards. The course comprises 16 modules covering different aspects of digital fabrication. The modules include electronics design and production, computer controlled cutting, 3D scanning and printing and machine design.
Fablab Kerala has successfully hosted the Fab Academy programme in Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram. Both the labs witnessed a participation of 18 candidates in 2016 out of which 16 graduated. Likewise, of the 14 participants this year, 12 candidates graduated successfully. Interested candidates can apply at http://fabacademy.org/application-form/. Last date is December 25.
Fab experts from Kerala have been working abroad and in other states in the digital fabrication field. The training at Fab Academy is instrumental in grooming youngsters of Kerala to become entrepreneurs and experts in new technology.