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 variety 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
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 for 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.
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Last updated February 17, 2018