Free Online course with FutureLearn – ‘Bioprinting: 3D Printing Body Parts’

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

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.

This course is designed for a general audience and will be taught by Professor Gordon Wallace, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science at the University of Wollongong.

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

How long will it take?

The course will run for a duration of 4 weeks with about 2 hours of work per week.

When is the next course?

The next course will begin on the 18th of September 2017.

How do I sign up?

You can sign up via the FutureLearn website. Just follow the link below!


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