Bioprinting: 3D Printing Body Parts

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Future Learn
Bioprinting: 3D Printing Body Parts

What is the course about?

Bioprinting: 3D Printing Body Parts
The course Bioprinting: 3D Printing Body Parts is an online class provided by University of Wollongong through Future Learn. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.
Discover the recent developments regarding how biomaterials and 3D printing are colliding to create bioprinted body parts.
Course description
  • Discover what 3D bioprinting can do now and in the future
  • 4 weeks
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • This course is designed for a general audience. No previous knowledge of 3D printing or biomedicine is required.
  • University of Wollongong
  • 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.

Prerequisites & Facts

Bioprinting: 3D Printing Body Parts

Course Topic

Biology and Biotechnology, Healthcare & Medicine, Medical Technology, Science, Engineering & Maths

University, College, Institution

University of Wollongong

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Place of class

Online, self-paced (see curriculum for more information)



Degree & Cost

Bioprinting: 3D Printing Body Parts

To obtain a verified certificate from Future Learn / University of Wollongong you have to finish this course or the latest version of it, if there is a new edition. The class may be free of charge, but there could be some cost to receive a verified certificate or to access the learning materials. The specifics of the course may have been changed, please consult the provider to get the latest quotes and news.
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School: University of Wollongong
Topic: Biology and Biotechnology, Healthcare & Medicine, Medical Technology, Science, Engineering & Maths
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