I am sure you now understand how the advent of 3D printing has changed our approach to making things.

The impact will be most profound in the biomedical sector where there is a need to personalise structures and a need to distribute mechanical, biological and even electrical properties in 3 dimensions. This week through the example of wearable prosthetics we have emphasised the power of 3D printing in providing personalised structures.

The prosthetic hand is a good example of what 3D printing can provide. It is an excellent example that highlights what we can do now and what we will do so much better as our 3D printing capabilities continue to evolve. We have addressed materials selection and printing protocol options

Steve has shown you we have used CAD to design the elements of the prosthetic hand and how we have used the simplest of 3D printing fabrication technologies to fabricate these.

We have outlined the four key elements of any 3D bioprinting project

  • the problem
  • the design
  • material selection
  • fabrication method

This will be a common theme as we journey through the next three weeks.

Next week we will venture from the wearables to the implantables and you will see that these key questions still remain. We will see how they have been addressed in creating polymeric glaucoma implants and a titanium heel.

We have provided you with a pdf file of a glossary of terms You can find this GLOSSARY in the DOWNLOADS area below.

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Bioprinting: 3D Printing Body Parts

University of Wollongong