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Australian Institute for Innovative Materials Online Course On Bioprinting

Australian Institute for Innovative Materials, University of Wollongong is currently offering online course on Bioprinting. This 4-weeks course will emphasize on how biomaterials and 3D printing collide, to create revolutionary, bioprinted body parts.

The overall objective of this course is to discover what 3D bioprinting can do now and in the future. This MOOC starts on November 23, 2015.

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Course At A Glance

Length: 4 weeks
Effort:  2 hours/week
Subject: Bioprinting
Institution: Australian Institute for Innovative Materials and FutureLearn
Languages: English
Price:  Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Starts on November 23, 2015

Providers’ Details

The Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM) is a purpose-built facility at the University of Wollongong’s Innovation Campus to help transform multi-functional materials research into commercial reality.

The researchers at AIIM are at the cutting edge of developing and applying new and innovative materials. AIIM is the first facility that bridges the gaps between breakthroughs, prototyping and commercialization.

FutureLearn offers diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

About This Course

You may be aware of 3D printing or have seen low-cost 3D printers, which can create plastic toys, replicas and objects of your own design. But did you know that 3D printing is also enabling life-saving and transforming medical procedures, which were unthinkable a few years ago? Welcome to the world of 3D printed body parts. The world of medicine and biomaterials has collided with advances in 3D printing. In a recent case, an infant was born with a rare and life-threatening birth defect, and was unable to breath unaided. A CT scan of the boy’s airways was used to 3D print a bio-sleeve, which was a perfect fit for his bronchus. The material used dissolves in the body, giving the boy’s bronchus time to grow strong, before disappearing, without the need for surgery.

This incredible story is an early example of a new clinical paradigm in biomedicine: 3D bioprinting.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. Applicants can get a personalized, digital and printed certificate. This course will also equip and encourage you to become part of the story. You’ll be given guided opportunities to not only investigate the 3D printing facilities available to you, but to also design, potentially print and share your creations with your fellow learners.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course you will have knowledge of:
-What is 3D printing and how did it come about?
-Is it really possible to print structures that incorporate both living and artificial components?
-How long before we can print whole body organs for transplants?
-What is possible right now, and what will be possible in 20 and 50 years’ time?
-And what are the limitations of this technology?


Gordon Wallace
Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science at the University of Wollongong


This course is designed for a general audience. No previous knowledge of 3D printing or biomedicine is required.

How To Join This Course

  1. Go to the course website link.
  2. Sign Up At FutureLearn
  3. Select a course and Join
  4. Once a course has started, you will be able to access the course material
  5. After the start date, you will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on your My Courses page.
  6. Applicants can buy, to show that you’ve completed a FutureLearn course.
  7. On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s)).

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