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.

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  • Next Date

    November 2022

  • Duration

    4 days + Project

  • Format

    On Campus

  • Cost


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 program 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 in nature, having however a theoretical component for framing and presentation, and also the realisation of a final project by the participants.


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


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

Learning Outcomes
  • 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, orthopedics, surgery and dentistry;
  • Development of parts using three-dimensional three-dimensional modelling programs
  • Selecting the appropriate 3D printing technology for the part under consideration
  • Manipulate the files in order to obtain shapes that the best use of the considered technology
  • Using the slicer to define the best printing orientation printing
  • 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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