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Bioprinting: 3D Printing Body Parts

Discover how biomaterials and 3D printing collide, to create revolutionary, bioprinted body parts, with this free online course.


  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate


  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Bioprinting: 3D Printing 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.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 20 secondsWhat is 3D bioprinting? Can we really print artificial organs, bone, and tissue in the lab? What are the limitations of this technology? Revolutionary advances in 3D printing, along with the development of amazing bond materials, which can be seamlessly integrated into the body, have opened a world of exciting possibilities. We are not far away from the time when every major hospital will have a 3D printing facility.

Skip to 0 minutes and 52 secondsThis course tells the story of this revolution. The University of Wollongong is a leading university renowned for its innovative research. In this free online course, you will get a unique snapshot of the technological applications of 3D printing used within a medical context. Including that of human organ replacement. We introduced a range of bond materials that can be incorporated into medical devices through the use of 3D printing. We will illustrate the impact that 3D printing already has on our ability to create customized medical devices. Including the 3D printing of personalized titanium implants using selective laser melting. Creation of customized maxiofacial implants. And the promise for lab grown organs structured through the ink jet printing of living cells.

Skip to 1 minute and 43 seconds This is an area at the innovative forefront of medical advancement with applications spanning into public health and well-being subject areas.

Skip to 1 minute and 56 secondsJoin us on a journey of discovery where science fiction is becoming a reality. And find out what is possible right now and what is possible in the future.

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?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

  • 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.

Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate and transcript

You can buy a Certificate of Achievement for this course — a personalised certificate and transcript in both digital and printed formats, to prove what you’ve learnt. A Statement of Participation is also available for this course.

Certificate of Achievement + transcript £49.00

Statement of Participation £34.00

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