Additive manufacturing and 3D printing for healthcare applications

Module Title - Additive manufacturing and 3D printing for healthcare applications
Number of credits – 10

Module description

This module introduces key technical aspects related to the use of additive manufacturing or 3D printing technologies within the healthcare technologies field. Learning is contextualised through the use of industrial case studies and demonstrations of existing custom devices while also understanding the regulatory framework.

Learning spans from understanding the specific design considerations for additive manufacturing technologies, knowing the fundamental principles of different processes and the various materials that may be formed using these methods. Current uses of these technologies will be reviewed and development opportunities within the healthcare sector discussed to provide a future perspective.

By the end of the module you will be able to:

  • Describe how progress in medicine and biosciences can be influenced by Chemical Engineering technologies and how important that is for the advancement of Healthcare Technologies.
  • Understand the concepts of how a basic laboratory idea can develop in an interdisciplinary environment to become a technology / therapy for patient benefit.
  • Demonstrate the benefits that interdisciplinarity between engineering and medicine can bring, but also that both disciplines must be able to communicate and work together.