01:133:401 – Fall - Intro to 3D Bioprinting

Screen Shot 2020 02 18 at 1.35.21 PMIntroduction to 3D Bioprinting is a 3-credit undergraduate skills training course covering fundamental concepts in bioprinting technology. It covers basic concepts and software programs used in the 3D printing industry, basic understanding of biomaterials and key applications in tissue engineering, and other fields such as pharma, food, personal care, and more. This is a hands-on training that will provide students with the opportunity to gain cross-disciplinary technical skills in bioprinting.

Students will learn foundational skills in design, engineering, and laboratory techniques that will support their future careers and/or academic pursuit. They will be able to:

  • Explain fundamental concepts and workflow processes in bioprinting
  • Utilize associated 3D printing software programs
  • Utilize g-code and slicing programs to customize printing parameters and protocols
  • Describe the importance of material properties with respect to scaffold design
  • Describe various bioprinting applications

Students will learn to print with an SE3D bioprinter and complete a final group design project of their choosing, as well as reading current literature in this emerging field. Students will gain multidisciplinary skills in design thinking and design innovation for potential future applications of bioprinting in prototyping, biotechnology, biomedical healthcare. Transferable skills include CAD, 3D printing workflow, design thinking, presentation skills, and reading and synthesizing scientific articles.

Course Schedule

For Fall 2020 the course will consist of 1 lecture session and 1 lab session per week.

  • Tuesdays 5:00 – 8:00pm - Lecture
  • Thursdays 1:30 – 4:30pm - Lab

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01:160:161 General Chemistry I, 01:160:162 General Chemistry II, 01:160:171 Intro to Experimentation or equivalent

Course Director

Dr. Sangya S. Varma, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


"I really liked how the class was both lecture-based and lab based. The lecture helped to set the stage for the material we were learning but the lab helped to solidify the knowledge." - Graduate Course, January 2019

“Learned and gained knowledge on basic 3D printing”- 5-Day Workshop, October 2018

"The course went above and beyond my expectations for the amount of information given in two days. I did not feel overwhelmed at any time during the workshop and am confident that I will be able to make significant progress with our lab's biofabrication techniques based on what I've earned." - 2-Day Workshop, November 2019