Postgraduate

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MEC8051 : Biomedical Additive Manufacture and Biofabrication

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

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.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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