3D Printing for Healthcare

The healthcare sector is expected to be the fastest growing segment of the 3D printing market as innovations are integrated into specialisms.

Co-financed by:

  • Next Date

    November 2023

  • Length

    5 days + Project

  • Format

    On Campus

  • Investment

3D Printing for Healthcare

Each patient is unique. And every surgery needs a unique approach.


From visualizing the human anatomy in 3D to making a 3D printed model of a heart, we are getting closer to providing specific, personalized care for everyone.


3D printers have produced bone, lung tissue and cartilage used to build ears. They have been used to engineer hard-tissue scaffolds such as knee menisci and intervertebral discs, and living skin to help treat and heal severe burns and chronic ulcers, as well as for cosmetic testing. One US company Organovo, is even printing liver and kidney tissue to test new drugs before they are tested in humans.


The utilization of this technology to predict the mechanical and tensile strength, apart from offering flexibility to the 3D-printed objects, would increase its applicability in novel healthcare applications.


Product innovation and increase in applications of 3D printing in healthcare applications are the major factors, which further drive the market growth.


The 3D Printing for Health: From Problem to Solution course focuses on quick and very practical strategies from data acquisition, through model development, model preparation for printing and post processing.

The course is predominantly practical, with a small theoretical component as well as the completion of a project.

The theoretical component will present the essential fundamentals of 3D printing and the main variants, as well as the existing methodologies in 3D printing common to several areas of health.

The practical component involves the use of three-dimensional modelling software, the use of 3D scanners and the transformation of DICOM files into printable files.

Course Objective
  • Understand the technical principles, technologies and materials used in 3D printing and all the steps of the 3D printing process;
  • Transform DICOM images into editable files and / or create parts from scratch for different areas: rehabilitation, rheumatology, orthopaedics and surgery, dentistry, among others;
  • Development of parts using three-dimensional modeling programs
  • Select the appropriate 3D printing technology for the part considered;
  • Manipulate the files in order to obtain shapes that make the best use of the technology considered
  • Use the slicer to define the best printing orientation;
  • Select parameters, print and perform post processing of the object.


It is intended for those who want to start or improve their practice both clinically and pedagogically – developing Additive Manufacturing skills (3D printing) applied to different areas of health, namely rehabilitation, rheumatology, orthopedic surgery and dentistry.

Some examples of participants are:

  • Clinical Scientists
  • Orthopedic surgeon
  • Medical Imaging Specialists
  • Radiologists
  • Surgeons
  • Clinical Engineers
  • Cardiovascular Specialists
  • Pediatrics Specialists
  • Dentists
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