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Online course

Bioprinting: 3D Printing Body Parts

Discover the recent developments regarding how biomaterials and 3D printing are colliding to create bioprinted body parts.

Discover what 3D bioprinting can do now and in the future

You may be aware of 3D printing or have seen low-cost 3D printers that can create plastic toys, replicas and objects of your own design. But did you know that 3D printing is also enabling life-saving and transforming medical procedures, which were unthinkable a few years ago? The world of medicine and biomaterials has collided with advances in 3D printing, creating a new clinical paradigm in biomedicine: 3D bioprinting. This online course tells the story of this revolution, introducing you to commonly used biomaterials and bioprinting techniques.

What topics will you cover?

  • The multidisciplinary nature of clinical 3D bioprinting
  • The advantages and limitations of 3D modelling software for bioprinting
  • The 3D printing process (the problem, design, material selection and object fabrication)
  • Case studies of biomaterials enhancing lives (e.g. Robohand, Titanium heel, glaucoma implants)
  • The nature and variation of materials for prosthetics and structural supports used in 3D bioprinting
  • The difference between an implant and a prosthetic
  • Innovative bioactive research (e.g. cartilage, biopens, skin regeneration)
  • The ethical and regulatory issues involved in new medical treatments and the future of 3D bioprinting
  • Communicating with the community on matters of new medical systems

When would you like to start?

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explain the significance of 3D bioprinting to medical applications
  • Debate the possible changes and implications that 3D bioprinting will have in the area of healthcare into the future
  • Compare and evaluate the application and impact of various multidisciplinary approaches and methods for addressing existing medical problems using 3D bioprinting
  • Identify, describe and compare the appropriate materials and printing methods for specific 3D structures – wearable structures to implants
  • Discuss the process of designing 3D structures from determining the problem to fabrication
  • Report on how 3D bioprinting raises many ethical and regulatory issues
  • Reflect on the impact 3D bioprinting will have on how we treat people in the future and what current challenges will be overcome
  • Explore and discuss topical and innovative bioactive research

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for a general audience. No previous knowledge of 3D printing or biomedicine is required.

Who will you learn with?

Gordon Wallace

Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science at the University of Wollongong, Gordon is a leader in materials science research and is renowned for his work in biofabrication

Who developed the course?

The University of Wollongong is among the world’s top 20 modern universities. It routinely rates among the top Australian universities for graduate satisfaction and starting salaries.

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