Module Catalogue 2020/21

MEC8051 : Biomedical Additive Manufacture and Biofabrication

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Kenneth Dalgarno
  • Lecturer: Dr Javier Munguia Valenzuela, Dr Piergiorgio Gentile, Dr Ana Ferreira-Duarte
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

This module is for students who are part of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Additive Manufacturing, which is a collaborative programme between the Universities of Newcastle, Nottingham, Liverpool and Loughborough. Newcastle registered students will be registered for the Integrated PhD in Additive Manufacture and 3D Printing, and students from Nottingham, Liverpool and Loughborough will be registered on equivalent programmes within at their Universities.

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

N/A

Aims

•       To develop knowledge and understanding of the commercial use of additive manufacture and 3D printing for biomedical applications.
•       To learn how to use biomedical CAD/CAM software to design person specific medical devices.
•       To develop knowledge and understanding of biomaterials, and specifically how to select and evaluate biomaterials for a specific application.
•       To develop knowledge and understanding of bioprinting and biofabrication, and specifically the techniques by which cells and other biological materials may be processed.
•       To develop knowledge of medical devices, therapeutic products and their regulation.
•       To develop knowledge and understanding of the additive manufacture processes and process chains which can be used in biomedical applications, including those for biofabrication.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will be delivered in five main sections:

1.       Introduction to Additive Manufacture for Biomedical Applications. Introduction to the module, review of current commercial applications (medical models; orthotics and prosthetics; dental aligners; in the ear hearing aids; surgical guides; dental crowns and bridges; craniofacial plates) and potential future applications (tissue engineering and regenerative medicine).
2.       Biomedical CAD/CAM. Training in the use of a commercial biomedical CAD/CAM software package. Understanding of the different types of model used in biomedical CAD/CAM, and of the capabilities of the different types of imaging technologies.
3.       Biomaterials. Introduction to biomaterials: definitions, examples, properties and requirements. Applications of biomaterials in medicine (bone scaffolds, hip implants, craniofacial fixation systems).. Sterilisation and surface modification of biomaterials.
4.       Medical Devices, Therapeutic Products and Regulatory Processes. Classifications of device and therapeutic product. Tissue engineering strategies. Medical device and therapeutic product regulation.
5.       Biofabrication and Bioprinting. Techniques for systematic processing of biological materials. Cell/material co-processing. Potential applications.

Students will also undertake two significant pieces of coursework: a biomedical CAD/CAM case study, and a case study in medical product development which exploits the advantages of additive manufacture, including the manufacture of a prototype.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

On completion of the module students will:

•       Understand the benefits of additive manufacture in biomedical applications, bioprinting and biofabrication.
•       Understand how medical devices and therapeutic devices are regulated.
•       Understand how to choose biomaterials for a particular application, and how they should be evaluated.
•       Understand the types of models used in biomedical CAD/CAM.

Intended Skill Outcomes

On completion of the module students will:

•       Be able to use commercial biomedical CAD/CAM software.
•       Be able to work from a defined need to develop a product based on biomedical additive manufacture, including definition of the product workflow, the manufacturing process chain, and the route to market.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion254:00100:00Coursework
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion14:004:00Student presentations
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical42:008:00Non-Synchronous software demo - Biomedical CAD/CAM
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading162:0032:00Coursework
Guided Independent StudySkills practice42:008:00Biomedical CAD/CAM
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion121:0012:00Non-synchronous sessions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study136:0036:00Reviewing course materials and reading around the subject matter
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The online sessions are intended to give the students the foundations with which to pursue their coursework exercises, in which they will apply what they have learnt to specific case studies and product development exercises. The practical online sessions will introduce the students to the biomedical CAD/CAM software, so that they can use these skills in their coursework exercises.

Alternatives will be offered to students unable to be present-in-person due to the prevailing C-19 circumstances.

Students should consult their timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study1M40Report and assessment of CAD models - max 2,000 words
Design/Creative proj1M10Presentation on Product Development Project (~15 mins). Students present initial ideas for assessment and feedback.
Case study1M50Product Development Exercise - Report on a case study in medical product development - max 2,500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The two pieces of coursework will allow the students to show that they have understood all of the elements required in order to bring a biomedical product using AM to market, and that they have the technical skills in terms of CAD/CAM process to design and manufacture parts using relevant techniques. Coursework is preferred as it provides a mechanism for the students to show that they are able to integrate the separate elements together to develop a specific product design.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

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Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2020/21 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2021/22 entry will be published here in early-April 2021. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.