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Plus X Brighton announces Fab Academy for 2021

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Plus X has announced that in 2021 it will be offering the global learning programme Fab Academy at its newest location, in Brighton, UK.

Fab Academy is taught simultaneously at fablabs around the world, from Bangalore to Yucatán. The students connect weekly for Global Lectures with Professor Neil Gershenfeld – Director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms.

Plus X Brighton WorkshopThrough Fab Academy, students can learn about the latest tools and processes in digital fabrication and rapid prototyping, with lectures delivered by MIT, and COVID-secure hands-on sessions run simultaneously at fablabs around the world.

Fab Academy is a digital fabrication  learning programme directed by Neil Gershenfeld of MIT’s Centre  For Bits and Atoms. A weekly course of intensive learning, lectures are globally taught, and combined with local hands-on training at Brighton’s Plus X with digital fabrication and prototyping technologies.

The course includes teaching students how to model products in CAD, and then produce them with a variety of digital tools, from 3D printers to desktop milling machines.

The skillset evolves further, adding the ability to design and fabricate electronic circuits and program them to prototype interactive devices, wearable technology and IoT projects.

Those on the course will have the chance to work collaboratively to make their own machines, robots and other tools, using resins, silicon and composites to produce high-fidelity 3D models and mechanical or structural parts.


On the business-side, they will also learn to develop projects commercially, manage IP and document their work for open-source collaboration and replication

The £6,000, five month course begins in January, taking place predominantly on Wednesdays, with students gaining access to the fablab facilities Mon- Fri.

For more information, click here.

In partnership with specialist regeneration developer, U+I, further Plus X hubs are scheduled to launch across the UK.

Its first innovation hub, Plus X Brighton is now open and the company is evolving its existing site in Hayes to launch Plus X Powerhouse in Autumn 2021.

Next year, Central Research Laboratory (CRL) will move from its current home and expand into the new 29,000 square foot premises – tripling in size, space and facilities.


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