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Skip to 0 minutes and 9 seconds Last week, we used 3D printing to create wearable prosthetics. During that process, we addressed four key questions– the need, the design, material selection, and choosing the correct method of fabrication. This week, we will venture from the wearables to the implantables. And you will see how these four key questions still remain. We will see how they have been addressed in creating a polymeric glaucoma implant and a titanium heel.

Week 2 introduction

Putting 3D printed devices into the body

While the concept is straight forward - a 3D printed structure is implanted in the body - the considerations surrounding what materials are suitable and safe to implant, the physical attributes of the implant to achieve functionality, and the design process can be complicated.


Use the internet to search for 3D printed implantable devices and share your findings in the discussion space. While you are searching think about the types of implants available and the materials that implants tend to be constructed from.

Conversation starter

  • What types of implants are available?
  • What materials are these implants made of?

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Bioprinting: 3D Printing Body Parts

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