Research Assistant at The Center for Bits and Atoms, MIT
Hi! My name is Zach Fredin. I am originally from Columbus, OH, and most recently lived in Minneapolis, MN before moving with my wife Danica to Cambridge, MA for grad school. Before MIT, I started a neuroscience education company, sold grain silo radar level instruments, planned maintenance for a 50,000 ton forging press, and grew enormous quartz crystals. I studied materials science and engineering at Case Western Reserve University, where I worked as a foundry assistant and rowed on the crew team.
My portfolio, which talks a bit about past projects and work.
At CBA, I study digital materials, direct-write fabrication, laser micromachining, MAS NMR, reconfigurable computation, and superelastic flexures. Some of this work made it into my September 2021 Master's thesis, entitled Assembling Integrated Electronics.
During the spring of 2020, I worked on a number of rapid COVID-19 response projects intended for distributed FabLab-based community fabrication.
Our lab visited Haystack Mountain Craft School in mid-2021, where I built a micro-pantograph to engrave tiny messages on various things (like rice).
I occassionally photograph woodland creatures.
MIT class sites: How to Make (Almost) Anything, The Nature of Mathematical Modeling, Rapid-Prototyping of Rapid-Prototyping Machines
zach dot fredin at cba dot mit dot edu